Friday, April 16, 2010

Iceland Volcano Wreaking Havoc on European Flights

For the third day, the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull is still spewing ash high into the air above Iceland. The gigantic dark brown ash cloud has drifted over much of Europe & shut down the air space.

As of today, tens of thousands of passengers are stranded, as several thousands of flights have been cancelled across Europe due to the conditions in the skies, which are making it unsafe to fly. Britain, Ireland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Belgium have all closed their air space. Because of the unpredictable movement of the ash, it's difficult to estimate when these airports may open again.

Aviation experts have said this is among the worst travel disruptions Europe has ever seen. Britain's National Air Traffic Service said this is the first time in living memory that a natural disaster caused the country to halt flights into its airspace.

Scientists say the volcano could continue erupting ash through the weekend and possibly much longer.

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