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Grimsvotn volcano canceled flights in Europe: perspectives on the further development of the situation PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011 14:44

 

Today were canceled flights from airports in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen in Scotland, as well as in the airports in Dublin, Cork and Shannon in Ireland, currently canceled 252 flights in Europe.

Scottish Loganair canceled 36 flights, a temporary suspension of flights between Scotland and England in the UK said British Airways. KLM in the Netherlands also reported about abolish of 16 flights to Scotland, EasyJet announced the cancellation of flights to the Edinburgh and Glasgow in Scotland. Today were closed two airports in Norway, which serve oil platforms in the underwater shelf of Norway. Yesterday, for the same reason, the Norwegian authorities canceled flights between mainland and Svalbard.

Risk of violation of air traffic in Northern Europe, has forced U.S. President Barack Obama to shorten his stay in Ireland.

According to the Meteorological Service of Iceland, the intensity of the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano remains the same, while a column of smoke down to a height of 5 kilometers (formerly ash rose to an altitude of 20 kilometers).

According to projections, it is expected, that the ashes of the Grimsvotn volcano tonight to reach the south of Sweden, north of Germany and north of Poland. It is projected (see a photos), that two days later the situation might deteriorate and the ashes of the Grimsvotn volcano can cover a large part of the UK, and then the southern regions of Norway, Sweden and Finland, as well as northern parts of France, Germany and Poland, but the ash concentration in atmosphere it is expected negligible (see a photos). As reported by the Meteorological Service of Germany a few hours ago, the concentration of volcanic ash will be from 0.2 to 2.0 micrograms per cubic meter of air, at this concentration plane flights are only possible in the implementation of special supervision for their safety.

Yesterday, the Organization for Supervision of Safety in Europe (Eurocontrol) reconvened a special organization to coordinate in the case of aviation crisis (European Aviation Crisis Coordination Cell), created during the eruption of an Icelandic volcano in 2010. But, unlike in 2010, Eurocontrol has decided to allow airlines to make their own decisions about the termination of operations in the areas of contamination of ash, on the basis of safety assessment, produced by the authorized operations in each country. For example, the British Civil Aviation has already established a level of concentration of volcanic ash in the air, which should discontinue flights: a complete ban on flights is provided by the contents of 0, 4 grams of ashes or more in 1 cubic meter of air.

Currently, the situation with flows of volcanic ash from the Grimsvotn volcano, track weather satellites around the clock. Also launched a meteorological station on balloons and organized the work of ground tracking stations equipped with lidars (laser radar). All data are continuously processed and sent to the air navigation services in Europe, which, in turn, notify the airlines of the concentrations of volcanic ash in some parts of Europe. Also ordered airlines to conduct more thorough inspection of aircraft engines, for possible damage.

Despite the cancellation of many flights (currently canceled 252 flights to Europe), the UK authorities are not going until completely closed its airspace. Air control agency of Great Britain claimed, that the route of movement of ash clouds from Grimsvotn volcano impossible to predict and the situation remains uncertain. Thus, is not yet known whether the canceled flights departing and arriving in the UK. It is also not going to close, and yet the transatlantic air communication with America. It is expected, that the ashes will reach the north of Russia, but air travel does not hurt if the force of the eruption will not increase.

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