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freebo Apr 15th 2010 9:44 am

All flights in the UK grounded until further notice
 
Check the news sites but basically a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland has caused all flights to/from and within the UK to be suspended until further notice. As the volcano erupted some weeks ago this could go on for some time, they just said on the BBC.

Kooky. Apr 15th 2010 9:59 am

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That's really not what I needed to hear right now, as my elderly mother in the NE of England has just been rushed to hospital, but thanks for alerting me to it.

freebo Apr 15th 2010 10:02 am

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Originally Posted by Seasider (Post 8497825)
That's really not what I needed to hear right now, as my elderly mother in the NE of England has just been rushed to hospital, but thanks for alerting me to it.

I'm really sorry to hear that, I'm in the NE of England and can only assure you there are no effects on the ground at this stage. Hope everything turns out OK.

xzibit Apr 15th 2010 10:05 am

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I just heard this on R1 news. I was wondering why there seemed to be very few flights on my flight radar, now I know. :rofl:

Could go on for quite a few days. Will cause havoc. Flying into volcanic ash will shut down engines, like the BA flight in 1982, so no getting around it.

Pollyana Apr 15th 2010 10:09 am

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Originally Posted by xzibit (Post 8497842)
I just heard this on R1 news. I was wondering why there seemed to be very few flights on my flight radar, now I know. :rofl:

Could go on for quite a few days. Will cause havoc. Flying into volcanic ash will shut down engines, like the BA flight in 1982, so no getting around it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8621407.stm

Darn, its a week too early, I scheduled it for NEXT week!

Kapri Apr 15th 2010 10:14 am

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Originally Posted by freebo (Post 8497835)
I'm really sorry to hear that, I'm in the NE of England and can only assure you there are no effects on the ground at this stage. Hope everything turns out OK.

It said on the news that it won't affect us on the ground, it's higher up in the atmosphere so it's planes that will be affected.

Kooky. Apr 15th 2010 10:22 am

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That's my fear, if I need to get there.

bcworld Apr 15th 2010 10:30 am

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...and for anyone thinking this is a bit over the top or OH&S gone mad:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_9

Sorry to hear about your mum Seasider. :( :fingerscrossed:

Pollyana Apr 15th 2010 10:42 am

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Originally Posted by bcworld (Post 8497898)
...and for anyone thinking this is a bit over the top or OH&S gone mad:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Airways_Flight_9

Sorry to hear about your mum Seasider. :( :fingerscrossed:

I agree, all jokes aside, I can see the sense in grounding planes after a large eruption like that. I remember the BA one well, not worth risking another incident.
Seasider, I wouldn't be too concerned as even if you do have to come over the ash cloud should have cleared by the time you get here. because of the backlog of passengers though if you have to travel, ring the airlines direct and make sure they know its a compassionate flight.

quoll Apr 15th 2010 11:55 am

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Originally Posted by Pollyana (Post 8497854)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8621407.stm

Darn, its a week too early, I scheduled it for NEXT week!

No, its a month late!!!! I put in a request for MARCH! not APRIL, who is the darn fool in charge of volcanoes these days?

Wol Apr 15th 2010 12:09 pm

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I can't help feeling this is over-reaction and CYA.

Indonesia has volcanoes chucking up ash all the time, and aircraft are warned and fly around them: the high density of ash in the actual plume is dangerous but hundreds of miles away I don't see it being a real problem.

ozhappy981 Apr 16th 2010 4:12 am

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Originally Posted by Wol (Post 8498147)
I can't help feeling this is over-reaction and CYA.

the high density of ash in the actual plume is dangerous but hundreds of miles away I don't see it being a real problem.

So glad you are not in charge :lol:

Have a look here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8623534.stm

Please click "next" to see the next five pictures; they show how the cloud moves and how much of Europe it has now covered.

Even France had to shut down its northern airspace because the cloud now covers northern France as well.

bcworld Apr 16th 2010 4:34 am

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Originally Posted by ozhappy981 (Post 8500133)
So glad you are not in charge :lol:

Have a look here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8623534.stm

Please click "next" to see the next five pictures; they show how the cloud moves and how much of Europe it has now covered.

Even France had to shut down its northern airspace because the cloud now covers northern France as well.

These are more dramatic and appear to show the ash settling in over UK and most of western Europe right up until at least Sunday...not sure though, my Norwegian's a little rusty! It could be that by then the ash is dispersed anough to allow flying.

http://met.no/?module=Articles;actio...icShow;ID=2873

kporte Apr 16th 2010 4:36 am

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Originally Posted by bcworld (Post 8500169)
...... my Norwegian's a little rusty!

Get him out the rain then!

iamthecreaturefromuranus Apr 16th 2010 5:05 am

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Volcanos have a nasty habit of rumbling on for weeks at a time. It will be interesting to see what happens if that turns out to be the case and flights are grounded each time there is an eruption. How many airlines would/could go under with that sort of disruption?


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