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A/C Damaged by sandstorm?

Old 23rd May 2007, 02:17
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411A - you can see them coming from as far away as Malta!

I can't remember what the Maltese call these things - something hamra? - but they are a nightmare and the red sand (which has to be pretty fine to stay aloft over that distance) gets absolutely everywhere. Luqa should be avoided for several days after one of these has passed through.
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Old 23rd May 2007, 06:39
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This sounds very much like the BA 747 and the volcanic dust cloud 25 years ago, I thought that proved how well fine dust could screw up engine performance.
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Old 23rd May 2007, 14:48
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Would it be the 'Harmattan' Gypsy Queen?
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Old 24th May 2007, 10:28
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Originally Posted by Gipsy Queen
...you can see them coming from as far away as Malta!
... the red sand has to be pretty fine to stay aloft over that distance...
Western Sahara sand regularly gets right across the Mediterranean to Southern France... we had a fine coating of the yellow stuff everywhere a few days ago. And yes, it's extremely fine, think talcum powder.
And about once a year it will get another 600km further North to Paris.... when I lived there I repeatedly have found the car coated with it.

But I assume that in the clouds carrying it that far, it's "diluted" enough not to be a hazard to aircraft engines.
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Old 24th May 2007, 12:47
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Can move as fast as a front passes...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_storm
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