|REAL PHOTOGRAPHS; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION|
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2010]
Not pretty ...
Origins: The March 2010 eruption of the volcano under Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull glacier wreaked havoc with airline flights for several weeks afterwards, as the ash plumes spewed by the volcano have resulted in repeated shutdowns of European air traffic. The photographs reproduced above purportedly show an airplane that suffered physical damage while flying through an area affected by the volcano, supposedly experiencing the results shown due to "volcanic ash particles that had a lot of metal in them" which "melted and got stuck to internal engine parts."
However, the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) log of aviation accidents includes no mention of volcanic ash in its report on the incident that produced these photos, and the date of the accident
The German investigators reported that the airplane was en route to Bremen for maintenance. During the climb, the left engine experienced an uncontained event. The flight returned to Stuttgart and landed without further incident.
What caused the damage is a known issue with the engine's diffuser, he said. Williams has already sent a letter to operators warning about the potential for the diffuser to fail.