KLM’s Amsterdam – Mexico City flight turned around back to Amsterdam when it had already made it to North America on Thursday, sending passengers back to where they started.
The @KLM flight #KL685 from Amsterdam @Schiphol to Mexico turned around over Canada ( New Brunswick ) and is heading back towards Amstedam now. So far its almost 11 hours flying and the passengers are shortly to land back where they started from #avgeek pic.twitter.com/E0IThRaw6b
— Michael Kelly (@Michaelkelly707) November 29, 2019
According to KLM the reason for the diversion back to Amsterdam was flying conditions around Mexico City as the result of a volcanic eruption.
The reason for the return was the unfavourable flying conditions above Mexico after activity of the volcano Popocatepetl. Our apologies for the inconvenience.
— Royal Dutch Airlines (@KLM) November 29, 2019
Mexico’s nearly 18,000 foot tall Popocatepetl volcano erupted earlier in the morning, wish ash rising into the sky.
KLM made the decision that they didn’t want to approach, and the decision to return to Amsterdam rather than a point closer to Mexico City deemed safe, while many other aircraft did successfully complete their journeys. If I were a passenger on the flight I certainly wouldn’t second guess the judgment not to take risks. However I’d hope to land somewhere closer to where I was headed.