Mt. Bulusan now a 'no fly zone': CAAP

Posted at 02/21/11 2:16 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) on Monday making the vicinity of Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon Province a "no fly zone."

CAAP Director General Ramon Gutierrez confirmed the issuance of the NOTAM and said they will issue updates accordingly as the condition of Mt. Bulusan changes.

The NOTAM informs pilots about the volcanic eruption in the area so they can avoid the area and prevent the possible ingestion of ash in its engines which can be fatal.

The NOTAM was issued just before noon Monday following the eruption of the volcano Sunday morning.

The volcano erupted a thick column of ash that has risen to over 3,000 meters from the crater creating a danger to passenger airplanes.