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Volcanic Ash. Why it pays to be paranoid about it..... Here's what happens to an engine when it's flown through a volcanic ash cloud. This is a Cessna Citation (CJ2) that flew out of Germany. The engines are (were) Williams FJ44 1,965 lbs thrust turbofans. The CJ2 has a 45,000' ceiling. Luckily the other engine kept running, although very sluggishly. The volcanic ash from Iceland had a high metal content. As can be seen from the pictures, the ash particles melted and got stuck to internal engine parts and also burnt through the cowling. Contributed by Andrew McWhirter
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