Jet skips Nome landing because of ash from Russian volcano

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Posted: Jan 23, 2015 2:56 PM

NOME, Alaska (AP) — Flights are operating as normal Friday in western Alaska after ash from a Russian volcano dissipated.

Alaska Airlines altered one flight Thursday because of ash at about the 10,000-foot level near Nome. A spokeswoman says a flight left Kotzebue for Nome, but the crew saw a haze in the sky and opted to return directly to Anchorage.

National Weather Service aviation weather unit officials in Anchorage say the ash was from Volcano Shiveluch, which spewed an ash plume to about the 22,000-foot level on Wednesday evening. The ash traveled across the Kamchatka Peninsula before arriving in the Nome area Thursday.

Jerry Steiger, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Nome, says no ash fell on the ground there.