On JUN 24, 1982 a BA
B742, G-BDXH enroute to PER
commanded by Capt. Eric Moody, ingested volcanic ash from an erupting Mount Galunggungg. All 4 engines went dead for about 15 minutes before the crew managed to relight 3 of them at a lower altitude. The aircraft flew without power for close to a quarter of an hour.
They carried out an emergency landing at JKT made even tougher by the almost nil visibility through their sandblasted windscreens. Fortunately no one was injured nor was the aircraft irreparably damaged. The story has gone on to become a legend in exemplary airmanship.
I had the good fortune of meeting Captain Moody during a lecture on Air Accident Management in 2002 and was greatly impressed by his very valuable inputs. During a private discussion thereafter, I asked him about passenger reactions when the emergency was declared and in response was told an extremely amusing incident.
Apparently when the aircraft dived to about 10000 ft, the oxygen masks came down and passengers instinctively went for them. Capt. Moody was taking a round of the cabin to check if everyone had donned their masks. And then he saw, up ahead in the Business Class Cabin, a passenger (whose adjacent seat was vacant), holding two oxygen masks clamped tightly to his ears!!!
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