Icelandic volcanic ash grounds flights in UK, Europe

Posted: April 15, 2010 in natural disasters
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BBC News online 15 April 2010

Photo Icelandic Coastguard 14 Apr 2010: Smoke and steam rises from the volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland, which erupted Thursday for the second time in less than a month, melting ice, shooting gases into the air and forcing hundreds of people to flee rising floodwaters.

All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south. Up to 4,000 flights are being cancelled with airspace closed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark among others.

The UK’s air traffic control service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace until 0700 BST on Friday amid fears of engine damage.

The airspace restriction was the worst in living memory, a spokesman said. Nats suggested that the restrictions were unlikely to be lifted after 0700, saying saying it was “very unlikely that the situation over England will improve in the foreseeable future”.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/8621407.stm

Also see:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126009455&ft=1&f=1001

Video at Washington Post online:Volcano ash closes Heathrow
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/15/AR2010041500560.html

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