4/18/2010

So may be that Volcanic ash isn't so bad after all

Well, this test is interesting. Will governments be influenced by such direct evidence?

KLM, the Dutch subsidiary of Air France, said Sunday it wants to resume passenger flights in Europe as soon as possible after it flew a plane through the cloud of volcanic ash covering much of the continent without suffering any damage.

KLM carried out the test flight above Dutch airspace Saturday. It said initial inspections afterward showed no damage or irregularities from the ash in the air that has led to a ban on air travel over much of Europe since Friday.

The airline says it now plans to return seven airplanes without passengers to Amsterdam from Duesseldorf Sunday.

"We hope to receive permission as soon as possible after that to start up our operation and to transport our passengers to their destinations," said Chief Executive Peter Hartman, who was aboard Saturday's flight. . . .

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Blogger John A said...

Lufthansa too -
"The decision to close the airspace was made exclusively as a result of data from a computer simulation...

`Not one single weather balloon has been sent up to measure how much volcanic ash is in the air.`"


No EU UK Flights - Why?

Elsewhere, it seems that flights between the US and - yikes - Iceland are still running.

4/18/2010 11:51 PM  
Blogger Al B. said...

Yeah, it sure sounds like a statistically significant sample to me!

4/19/2010 10:49 AM  

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