Sunday, April 18, 2010
Volcano Disrupts Trip to Kenya
The Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland has disrupted all air traffic to Europe and thus disrupted the flight I was supposed to take to Kenya. The flight from Minneapolis to Amsterdam was cancelled as was the flight from Amsterdam to Nairobi.
Volcanic dust has done some bad stuff to airplanes. There is an infamous incident involving a British Air flight over Indonesia in 1982. You can read about it here. Basically all the engines quit working. At 37,000 feet, the air is too thin to breath and without engines no air in the cabin of the plane. The pilot saved the passengers, crew, and plane but serves as an example of the bad stuff volcanic dust can do to airplanes.
The trip to Kenya was to visit some of the 1001 Orphan sites and to celebrate the opening of a new orphan center at Udom, Kenya. While disappointing to miss the opening of the orphan center and to see friends in Kenya, the cancelled trip provides more time with family. So in all things, the Lord works good.
As for Lakefield, MN, the Vines and Branches conference went well... more on that later.
Here is a video from Russia Today on the volcano: