When you travel with an airplane you know the ride may be long and sometimes excruciating, but it is all worth it because you reach your destination. Unfortunately, this wasn't the case for some KLM passengers that took a flight from Amsterdam to Mexico last Thursday.
11-hour journey back to square one
The passengers of flight KL685 found themselves flying thousands of meters above an erupting volcano which forced them to embark on an 11-hour journey that left them at the exact place it had picked them up: Amsterdam. Flight KL685 set off from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and was flying over eastern Canada only to realize that there was a dangerous volcano erupting in Mexico.
The flight then had to turn back to its starting point. KLM told the website Simple Flying that "landing at another airport was not possible, because of the visa requirements of passengers and as there was a large cargo of horses on board."
Flights had to be rebooked
KLM revealed that the passengers would likely be rebooked on alternate flights when the danger has passed. Traveling close to destinations near active volcanoes can be risky due to the volcanic ash spewed by the eruption. The ash not only affects visibility but it can also cause engines to malfunction.
Back in 2010, a volcanic eruption in Iceland caused havoc for airlines everywhere. The event was considered the largest air traffic shut down since World War 1.
More recently, in May of 2019, Bali’s airport canceled all flights due to an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano. The eruption spread ash all over the south of the Indonesian island and would have surely affected any landing planes.