Press Esc to close
Saturday 01 October 2016
News updated at 2:20 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.4°C
Min : 21.4°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

Volcanic ash halts air traffic

Last updated: 15 April, 2010
London, Apr 15, Agencies

Flying ash from Icelands erupting volcano crippled air traffic across northern Europe as hundreds of flights, including to and from India, were grounded in Britain, Ireland and Nordic nations.

Rising threat: A plume of steam rises 6,700 metres from a crater under about 200 metres of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on Wednesday. REUTERS

Rising threat: A plume of steam rises 6,700 metres from a crater under about 200 metres of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland on Wednesday. REUTERSAsh clouds drifted from Iceland’s spewing volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier forcing forecasters to announce that air space had been closed over northern Europe “as volcanic ash represented a significant safety threat to aircraft”.

All the London-bound flights from India were also grounded leaving thousands of travellers criss-crossing the continents stranded at all major British airports including Heathrow and Gatwick.

More than 150 flights from Heathrow and another 138 from Gatwick were cancelled. In Britain, flights were suspended from the cities of Manchester and Birmingham as well as Northern Ireland’s Belfast and the Scottish Airports at Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh. The drifting ash clouds also paralysed all the airports in Norway and Sweden.

Floodwaters

In Iceland, hundreds of people are fleeing rising floodwaters as the volcano under the glacier Eyjafjallajokull erupted yesterday again, for a second time in less than a month.
The National Air Traffic Controllers in UK and US said that flying ash compromise visibility and debris can be sucked into air plane engines.

In 1989, a Boeing 747 of KLM had a narrow escape when it flew into flying ash while flying from US to a Nordic destination, with the aircraft plunging from 25,000 feet to 12,000 in seconds before pilots could get the engine re-started.Almost all trans-atlantic flights were grounded and Iceland’s low cost airliner Ryanair cancelled all its flights to UK.
Almost all the airliners flying to UK including Air India, Kingfisher, Jet and Emirates had to cancel number of flights.“Due to ash, air traffic on the sea area between Scotland, Norway, northern Sweden, Britain, Norway and northern Finland is being limited,” Finland’s airport agency Finavia said.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A hair stylist Kailash Kashid creates a special hair cut slogan of Maratha Kranti Morcha...

A hair stylist Kailash Kashid creates a special hair cut slogan of Maratha Kranti Morcha...

Actor Salman Khan plays with his sister Arpita's kid at an event for the tie-up between...

Actor Salman Khan plays with his sister Arpita's kid at an event for the tie-up between...

Artisans work on a giant model of Hindu god Ganesh during preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja..

Artisans work on a giant model of Hindu god Ganesh during preparations for the upcoming Durga Puja..

The palace witnessed very little visitors on the day and thus children enjoy playing at the...

The palace witnessed very little visitors on the day and thus children enjoy playing at the...

Temples submerged at Gwari Ghat due to floods caused in Narmada River by heavy rains...

Temples submerged at Gwari Ghat due to floods caused in Narmada River by heavy rains...

Indian Army vehicles move towards border areas in Akhnoor sector on India Pakistan Border...

Indian Army vehicles move towards border areas in Akhnoor sector on India Pakistan Border...

BJP activists celebrate the Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control in PoK...

BJP activists celebrate the Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control in PoK...

all-party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday following Indian army's surgical strikes along the LoC...

all-party meeting in New Delhi on Thursday following Indian army's surgical strikes along the LoC...

People celebrate after Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control...

People celebrate after Indian army's Surgical strikes along the Line of Control...

Artists practice the Garba dance ahead of the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad...

Artists practice the Garba dance ahead of the Navratri festival in Ahmedabad...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523