Friday, April 16, 2010

Volcanic Ash Cloud Throws UK Air Traffic Out of Gear

The two volcanic eruptions in Iceland within a month’s span have wreaked havoc upon air traffic in the UK. These eruptions have come after 200 years of silence and it is the second one, which is mainly responsible for the situation. The explosion of the volcano has resulted in the formation of a massive cloud bank of molten ash, which is drifting towards the UK. This cloud is loaded with enough sand, glass, and rock particles to jam up an aircraft engine. Taking no chances, the Met Office issued timely warnings to the Air Traffic Control Office.

Flights to and from the UK severely disrupted

No flights were allowed to or from the UK until Thursday 6:00 p.m. As per latest reports, all flights in and out of the UK have been grounded until 1pm Friday. Authorities have been quoted as saying that the disruption to the flights may last for another day. This spells trouble for thousands of passengers scheduled to travel on and around these dates. All across the UK, passengers were in for a rude surprise on Thursday morning when airport authorities told them that flights have been cancelled indefinitely. As of now, only extreme emergency flights like those of the Royal Air Force are being permitted to ply.

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