Travelers to and from Europe were stranded as ash from an Icelandic volcano continued to cause problems in Europe’s airspace. BBC News reports, “Flights across much of Europe will be severely disrupted well into Saturday because of drifting ash ejected from a volcano in Iceland, officials said. Much of the airspace across northern and western Europe has been closed, and air control officials said some 17,000 flights would be canceled on Friday.” Now it’s questionable whether President Obama and other world leaders can fly to the funeral of Polish president Lech Kaczynski.
In addition the United States was forced to close several bases in Europe due to the ash cloud. All flights out of German airports have been suspended and the total of European flights has dropped to less than half of the average and a total of 17,000 flights have been canceled and people are being told not to come to airports until further notice.
The World Health Organization is warning that the air quality will continue to deteriorate. Unfortunately no one is able to tell when life might return to normal. The last time this particular volcano erupted the aftereffects were felt for two years.
April 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm
I remember when this happened in Alaska… it was pretty scary for some of the flights in and out of Anchorage.. there were at least 2 that were severely affected. One got the engines restarted.. or 3 out of 4.. but at least they were able to control the flight… the other lost all engines and had to land with no power.
April 16, 2010 at 6:04 pm
THE END IS NIGH!……SEND FOR BRUCE! He’ll sort it…
April 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm
The end is more than nigh, for the people of Iceland, the newly poor people of Iceland, the end is here, they are all going to be choking up crap for about 5 years. I like the Icelandic people, an independent bunch of renegades, practically Eskimos, pretty soon they might need our help and they ain’t gonna ask for it.
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