Created Wednesday, Oct 13th 2021 14:00Z, last updated Friday, Oct 15th 2021 09:54Z
A Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registration EI-ENP performing flight FR-8179 from Tenerife South,CI (Spain) to Brussels Charleroi (Belgium), was climbing through about 6000 feet out of Tenerife's runway 07 when the crew turned right to avoid an ash cloud initially continuing the climb. Over the Island of Gran Canaria the aircraft turned back onto course to the north. Climbing through FL220 the crew stopped the climb however and decided to declare emergency and return to Tenerife due to problems with both engines. The aircraft entered a hold at FL120 in the clear south of Fuerteventura Island and subsequently landed safely on Tenerife South's runway 07 about 2 hours after departure.

Passengers reported a lot of emergency services were awaiting the aircraft. Apparently both engines had ingested ashes of the volcano Cumbre Vieja on La Palma Island about 75nm northwest of Tenerife South Airport.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration EI-EGD reached Charleroi with a delay of 6.5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Tenerife about 42 hours after landing back.

On Oct 15th 2021 Ryanair stated: "This Ryanair flight from Tenerife South to Brussels Charleroi (11 Oct) diverted back to Tenerife South airport due to a minor technical issue. There was no encounter with volcanic ash. After landing normally, passengers were transferred to another aircraft which departed from Tenerife South at 00.11am local time to Brussels Charleroi."

Ash Cloud Advisory for Oct 11th 2021 afternoon (Graphics: VAAC Volcanic Ash Advisory Center):

Flight path and position of volcano (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth):

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