A KLM flight from Schiphol to Mexico City was reversed over Canada on Thursday and is on its way back to the Netherlands. Because the Popocatépetl volcano erupted in the middle of Mexico, the device had to divert. A landing in the neighborhood was not an option, according to KLM, because the aircraft also has 24 horses on board.

Flight KL685 took off Thursday afternoon at 14.50 from Schiphol airport with the final destination of Mexico City. In addition to 257 people, there are also 24 horses on board.

According to a KLM spokesperson, returning was the best option because no airport in the area can handle the horses.

Another consideration of KLM was that the aircraft could not land in an area for which the passengers did not have the correct visa.

The plane turned over near the Canadian city of Quebec. The aircraft is expected to land at Schiphol around half past two in the night.

The Popocatépetl is an active volcano that erupted on Thursday morning. Up to a mile, the volcano spewed glowing ash.


Volcano Popocatepetl in Mexico erupts


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