In the ongoing story about someone trying to rescue dogs from a volcano with a drone, I keep seeing variations of this claim repeated:
Spanish authorities have dropped food down to the dogs with drones, but no one has come up with a plan to save them until now. Helicopters aren’t permitted to fly into the area because hot gases emitted by the volcano can damage their rotors. And it’s clear that no one can go in on foot with the volcano still in a volatile state.
Something feels off about this. My non-expert brain sees a few options here:
- Maybe there is ash in the air, and that may damage the rotors? (but the clarity of pictures like those on this article don't suggest a BA 009 scenario to me)
- There's not enough oxygen available to support combustion or human life (but apparently enough to sustain dogs?)
- The air is hot enough that its density can't support flight (but, again, not hot enough to kill dogs?)
None of these explanations make much sense to me. Does anyone have insight into what's really going on here?