Passengers on a PenAir plane got the in-flight entertainment of a lifetime after their pilot took them on flyover of an erupting volcano.
The pilot, who heard that the Pavlof volcano on the Aluetian Islands had started erupting, flew the plane closer to the volcano, allowing passengers a clearer and more majestic view on the Dutch Harbor to Anchorage, Alaska, flight.
Records show the volcano has erupted more than 40 times throughout history and is the one of the most active volcanoes in the United States.
The eruption caused tremors to the ground and the aviation warning turned to red as the plane came closer to the volcano. An ash cloud of 20,000 feet rose up into the air as a result of the eruption.
Looking down upon an active volcano from thousands of feet in the sky must have been pretty exciting for travel enthusiasts or adventurous individuals, but rather stressful for those who don’t look forward to traveling by air, or are generally afraid of something dangerous happening.
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Images of the unique experience were posted on the Alaska Volcano Observatory Facebook page, garnering different reactions from social media users. While one person commented “Glad I wasn't there,” another said “This is the best thing ever.”