The Chaiten Volcano in Chile has been erupting for almost a month now, and the ash that it has been emitting into the air has been causing some problems for incoming flights. Chile's national carrier, LAN was forced to cancel several flights to some of the region's smaller airports, like Temuco, Osorno, Valdivia and Puerto Montt. Authorities said that the shifting winds have blown the ash northwestwards within the Chilean border making it dangerous to fly, as the ash can clog a jet engine.

The volcano causing all the trouble is located almost 800 kilometres from the nation's capital city, Santiago, and for the first time in millennia, began exploding on May 2nd. Experts in the country say that the eruption could continue on a small scale for days, months, or even years. Residents near the volcano have been evacuated, and until the winds shifted recently, Argentina was forced to cancel some of its flights due to ash from the volcano drifting eastwards.