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Mount Rinjani eruption closes Lombok Airport and may affect Bali’s Airport tonight

As previously expected, Mount Rinjani’s eruption has resulted in closure of Lombok Praya International Airport (LOP/WADL) due to volcanic ash, but the ASHTAM issued by VAAC Darwin at 1120UTC may result in service disruption at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport (DPS/WADD) as well.

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Graphical depiction of the volcanic ash dispersal from Mount Rinjani’s eruption, as per Volcanic Ash Advisory issued today at 1120UTC.

VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20160801/1120Z
VAAC: DARWIN
VOLCANO: RINJANI 264030
PSN: S0825 E11628
AREA: INDONESIA
SUMMIT ELEV: 3726M
ADVISORY NR: 2016/9
INFO SOURCE: HIMAWARI-8
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: ORANGE
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA TO FL140 EXT 60NM TO WSW, FL200 EXT 85NM S
OBS VA DTG: 01/1120Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL140 S0823 E11532 – S0832 E11524 – S0903 E11527 – S0916 E11541 – S0909 E11557 – S0850 E11545 – S0829 E11542 MOV SW 10KT SFC/FL200 S0849 E11611 – S0910 E11611 – S0930 E11619 – S0940 E11643 – S0932 E11704 – S0911 E11638 – S0857 E11633 – S0843 E11633 – S0838 E11625 MOV S 15KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 01/1720Z SFC/FL140 S0826 E11516 – S0831 E11437 – S0902 E11439 – S0936 E11502 – S0917 E11545 – S0851 E11523 SFC/FL200 S0900 E11610 – S0947 E11619 – S1025 E11700 – S0939 E11752 – S0912 E11647 – S0855 E11636 FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 01/2320Z SFC/FL200 S0948 E11621 – S1047 E11659 – S0945 E11755 – S0920 E11700
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 02/0520Z NO VA EXP
RMK: HIGH CONFIDENCE IN OBS POLYGON. VA TO FL140 EXPECTED TO REACH DPS AIRPORT BETWEEN 01/1130Z AND 01/1230Z AND DISSIPATE WITHIN 9 HOURS. VA TO FL200 MOV S EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE WITHIN 15HRS.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20160801/1220Z

Possible service disruptions may occur between 1130UTC and 2130UTC tonight. If you are travelling by air to/from Bali tonight or know someone who is, please check the airline for latest information regarding their flight operations to/from Bali.

Current NOTAM for closure of Lombok Praya Airport due to the eruption:

B4640/16 NOTAMR B4639/16
Q) WAAF/QFALC/IV/NBO/A/000/999/0845S11616E005 A) WADL B) 1608010855 C) 1608020200 E) AD CLSD DUE TO RINJANI VOLCANIC ASH CREATED: 01 Aug 2016 08:55:00 SOURCE: WRRRYNYX

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Mount Rinjani Eruptions – Some flight disruptions to Bali and Lombok possible

Mount Rinjani at Lombok island erupted today and volcanic ash plumes were observed to have reached high altitudes. Initial reports suggested that the ash plume could reach 32000 feet and that it would spread south to southwest from the volcano.

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Earlier (now revised) volcanic ash dispersal projections had a wide extent and predicted to reach 32,000ft, causing worries at several airlines.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin ash issued several ashtams on this volcano today. The current one at the time of this article’s publication is:

DTG: 20160801/0600Z
VAAC: DARWIN
VOLCANO: RINJANI 264030
PSN: S0825 E11628
AREA: INDONESIA
SUMMIT ELEV: 3726M
ADVISORY NR: 2016/4
INFO SOURCE: HIMAWARI-8
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: RED
ERUPTION DETAILS: ERUPTION TO FL320 HAS CEASED. REMNANT VA
TO FL200 MOV S.
OBS VA DTG: 01/0600Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL200 S0823 E11627 – S0823 E11615 – S0831
E11612 – S0852 E11621 – S0848 E11632 – S0832 E11624 MOV S
10KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 01/1200Z SFC/FL200 S0828 E11611 – S0851
E11614 – S0915 E11628 – S0904 E11648 – S0829 E11626
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 01/1800Z NOT AVBL
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 02/0000Z NOT AVBL
RMK: LATEST SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS THE ERUPTION HAS CEASED.
REMNANT VA TO FL200 EXT UP TO 30NM TO S IS MOVING TO THE
SOUTH AND DISSIPATING. HIGH CONFIDENCE IN OBS POLYGON.
HEIGHT AND FCST BASED ON OBS VA MOVEMENT TO S AND ACCESS-R
MODEL GUIDANCE.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20160801/0900Z

Eruptions have ceased and the ash dispersal projections has been revised as mentioned above. Volcanic ash is predicted to reach Lombok International Airport (LOP/WADL) by no late than 8pm local time (1200UTC), between the surface and 10,000 feet.

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Current ash dispersal projection with further extent predicted for 1200UTC.

The earlier projections caused some worries at some airlines, notably Indonesia Air Asia and Virgin Australia who rerouted flights to bypass the ash dispersal projections. One Virgin Australia flight from Brisbane to Bali reportedly landed in Darwin, possibly to take up extra fuel to allow for the rerouting.

A meeting is now taking place for aviation stake holders (notably AirNav and the Meteorology office, BMKG), to consider whether or not to close Lombok Praya Airport and if so, when.

For continuous updates on the situation please monitor the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Darwin at:

http://www.bom.gov.au/info/vaac/advisories.shtml

ASHTAM-2010715-1

Malang Airport closed again due to Volcanic Ash

Malang Abdulrachman Saleh Airport (MLG/WARA) is closed until 0900LT 6JUL due to volcanic ash. 1 aircraft encountered volcanic ash this morning. At a glance, Ashtam issued by VAAC Darwin valid for this afternoon showed that Malang is within the projected ash plume dispersal cone, and will just be outside it tomorrow morning.

VA ADVISORY
DTG: 20160715/0700Z
VAAC: DARWIN
VOLCANO: TENGGER CALDERA 263310
PSN: S0757 E11257
AREA: INDONESIA
SUMMIT ELEV: 2329M
ADVISORY NR: 2016/369
INFO SOURCE: HIMAWARI-8
AVIATION COLOUR CODE: ORANGE
ERUPTION DETAILS: VA LAST OBS TO FL100 EXT TO NW AT 15/0230Z
OBS VA DTG: 15/0700Z
OBS VA CLD: SFC/FL100 S0745 E11241 – S0756 E11237 – S0759
E11258 – S0755 E11259 MOV NW 5KT
FCST VA CLD +6 HR: 15/1300Z SFC/FL100 S0805 E11237 – S0758
E11258 – S0754 E11258 – S0750 E11236
FCST VA CLD +12 HR: 15/1900Z SFC/FL100 S0755 E11231 – S0809
E11235 – S0758 E11259 – S0754 E11258
FCST VA CLD +18 HR: 16/0100Z SFC/FL100 S0759 E11227 – S0815
E11233 – S0758 E11259 – S0754 E11258
RMK: VA UNIDENTFIABLE ON CURRENT IMAGERY DUE TO MET CLOUD,
HOWEVER VA STILL EXPECTED IN AREA. HEIGHT AND MOVEMENT
DERIVED FROM HIMAWARI-8 IMAGERY, SURABAYA 15/0000Z IMAGERY
AND MODEL GUIDANCE.
NXT ADVISORY: NO LATER THAN 20160715/1300Z

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The airport is scheduled to reopen tomorrow however the above projections show significant chance that the closure may be extended as the edge of the projection cone for tomorrow morning is very close to the airport (within it’s approach path).

Readers who has a schedule to fly to/from Malang this afternoon or tomorrow morning should maintain regular contact with their airlines for information of flight cancellation, schedule changes, or for possibilities for flights to operate from nearby Surabaya instead (and to check if transportation between Malang and Surabaya is provided).

For continuous updates on the ASHTAM, go to:

http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDD65300.shtml

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Sriwijaya 737-800 blocks runway at Yogyakarta/JOG

A Boeing 737-800 registered PK-CMN operating Sriwijaya Air flight SJ230 (JOGBPN) blocked the runway at Adi Sucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta (JOG/WARJ) this afternoon at around 1610LT according to an eyewitness.

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PK-CMN seen stopping at the runway for a few minutes before entering the apron. (Photo: Omdiks)

According to reports the aircraft entered the runway to backtrack when it had problems with the hydraulics system A (and loss of nosewheel steering) and notified the ATC. Aircraft could not continue it’s flight. Aircraft was towed onto the apron some hydraulic spills on the runway had to be cleaned from the spill before it can be used. The runway was closed for about 1 hour.

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(Source: Flightradar24)

At 1645LT, the following aircraft were holding near the airport:

  1. IW/WON1811, BDOJOG, ATR72
  2. JT/LNI641, UPGJOG, 737-900ER
  3. GA/GIA7308, SUBJOG, ATR72
  4. ID/BTK6374, CGKJOG, A320
  5. AK/AXM348, KULJOG, A320
  6. JT/LNI238, BTHJOG, 737-800

In addition, several flights were due to depart.

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Cessna Caravan PK-ICC runway excursion at Ilaga

A Cessna Grand Caravan registered PK-ICC operated by Pegasus, suffered a runway excursion today at Ilaga with no injuries are reported. Weather at the time of the accident (0302UTC or 1202LT) was reportedly variable easterly 5 knots (based on wind sock observation) with visibility 5-7 kilometers and clouds scattered at 12,000ft.

The aircraft was performing a flight from Timika (TIM/WAYY) to Ilaga (ILA/WAYL), and landed on runway 25 at Ilaga. The runway is 600 meter long runway at an elevation of 7,903 feet above sea level at the threshold, and 7,985 feet above sea level for the threshold of runway 07.

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UPDATE: MS804 Turns and Descent Maybe Due To Smoke Removal Attempts

Information begin to surface on MS804’s aircraft automated messages (ACARS) containing aircraft warnings, faults, and status. It appears that aircraft may have had an in-flight fire and if so, the aircraft maneuvers could be due to Smoke Removal Emergency Procedures, which involves descending the aircraft to 10,000 feet and also opening the cockpit window.

The ACARS received were as follows (all times in UTC):

00:26 3044 ANTI ICE R WINDOW
00:26 561200 R SLIDING WINDOW SENSOR
00:26 2600 SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE
00:27 2600 AVIONICS SMOKE
00:28 561100 R FIXED WINDOW SENSOR
00:29 2200 AUTO FLT FCU 2 FAULT
00:29 2700 F/CTL SEC 3 FAULT

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Egyptair flight Paris-Cairo goes missing

 

Egyptair has confirmed that one of it’s aircraft has gone missing. Flight MS804 from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport to Cairo disappeared roughly 10 nautical miles after entering Egyptian airspace this morning at around 0230 local time. The flight was operated by an Airbus A320 registered SU-GCC msn 2088 that made it’s first flight 25 July 2003 and delivered to Egyptair 3 November 2003. The aircraft was carrying 58 passengers and 10 crew members. The flight was due to land 3 hours ago (at the time of writing). Egyptair has made several official statements regarding this tragedy and search efforts are underway.

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Flight playback on FlightRadar24 ADS-B tracking site and showing the last recorded position.

Hong Kong Airlines A330-300 B-LNO by Edwin Leong

Update: Hong Kong Air begins temporary suspension of HKG-DPS charter flights (HX6704/6705)

 

Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation yesterday issued an order for Hong Kong Airlines to suspend it’s Hong Kong – Bali charter flight (operated by HX6704 and HX6705) until an investigation into allegations of selling non-Inclusive Tour tickets on those flights is concluded. The charter flight operated yesterday despite having had the suspension order issued, and operated with special permission, however, today Hong Kong Airlines have cancelled flights HX6704 and HX6705.