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All flights in and out of UK cancelled

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by alexd, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    First I have heard of this happening.... Hope nobody's flying there today or tomorrow, its gonna be nuts...

    Volcanic ash halts all UK flights

    All flights in and out of the UK and several other European countries have been suspended as ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland moves south.

    Up to 4,000 flights are being cancelled with airspace closed in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark among others.

    The UK's air traffic control service (Nats) said no flights would be allowed in or out of UK airspace until 0600 BST on Friday amid fears of engine damage.

    The airspace restriction was the worst in living memory, a spokesman said.

    Nats suggested that the restrictions were unlikely to be lifted after 1800, saying it was "very unlikely that the situation over England will improve in the foreseeable future".

    Passengers were advised to contact their carriers prior to travel.

    Experts have warned that the tiny particles of rock, glass and sand contained in the ash cloud would be sufficient to jam aircraft engines.

    But the Health Protection Agency said the ash did not pose a significant risk to public health because of its high altitude.

    These are some of the main knock-on effects:

    * British Airways cancels all domestic flights on Thursday and offers refunds or an option to rebook
    * Flights suspended at

    # Royal Navy Sea King helicopter
    # from Scotland to London Ash threat forces Great North Air Ambulance to be grounded

    One passenger at Glasgow told the BBC: "I'm meant to be going to Lanzarote. We've travelled from Oban, leaving at 3am. Now we've decided we might as well just go home and do a bit of gardening."

    Others switched from plane to train, with the East Coast line extending its 1830BST London to Newcastle service through to Edinburgh.

    Budget airline Ryanair said no flights were operating to or from the UK on Thursday and it expected cancellations and delays on Friday.
    # The eruption in the Eyjafjallajoekull area is the second to occur in a month
    # This eruption has released ash to significantly greater heights
    # Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of rock and even glass, which can wreak havoc with machinery
    # A 1982 BA flight unknowingly flew into an ash cloud, shutting down all four engines
    # While ash can be dangerous to health, the current cloud is too high to pose a threat
    # The ash is likely to lead to particularly red sunsets in some areas

    A spokesman for Nats, which was formerly known as the National Air Traffic Services, said: "The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre has issued a forecast that the ash cloud from the volcanic eruption in Iceland will track over Europe tonight.

    "Nats is working with Eurocontrol and our colleagues in Europe's other air navigation service providers to take the appropriate action to ensure safety in accordance with international aviation policy."

    The European air safety body, Eurocontrol, said the cloud of ash had reached 55,000ft and was expected to move through northern UK and Scotland.

    Brian Flynn, assistant head of operations of its central flow management unit, told the BBC: "As it moves toward the Netherlands and Belgium it will dissipate and lose intensity, like any weather phenomenon. But we don't know what the extent of it will be."

    Met Office forecaster Philip Avery said the ash could take several days to clear.

    He said: "It is showing up on imagery at the moment, extending down as far as the Faroes but it looks as though the wind will drag it a good deal further south.

    "Nats has good cause to be very cautious about this because in about 1982 a British Airways jumbo had the unnerving experience of having all four engines shut down as it flew through a plume of volcanic ash."

    There was a nearly identical incident on 15 December 1989 when KLM Flight 867, a B747-400 from Amsterdam to Anchorage, Alaska, flew into the plume of the erupting Mount Redoubt, causing all four engines to fail.

    Once the flight cleared the ash cloud, the crew was able to restart each engine and then make a safe landing at Anchorage, but the aircraft was substantially damaged.

    A BAA spokesman said: "Passengers intending to fly today are asked to contact their airline for further information."

    The eruption under a glacier in the Eyjafjallajoekull area of Iceland is the second in the country in less than a month.

    Have your travel plans been affected by the volcanic ash cloud?

    We would also like to speak to people who were on board British Airways flight 9, which in June 1982 lost power after flying through a cloud of volcanic ash, before landing successfully in Indonesia. If you were on board please tell us your story using the form below.

    Send your pictures to yourpics@bbc.co.uk , text them to 61124 or you have a large file you can upload here .
  2. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    flights to iceland aren't cancelled though? :)
  3. Booty Bits

    Booty Bits TRIBE Member

    that's crazy!
  4. graham

    graham Well-Known TRIBEr

  5. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    This just in, major airlines campaign to "stem emissions from all active volcanoes", stating that "nature is disrupting our ability to provide efficient and timely service to our customers".

  6. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    I love that Iceland's the kind of place where when a volcano erupts, the biggest worry is flooding.
  7. culture

    culture TRIBE Member

    Great, my flight to Heathrow is cancelled.
  8. culture

    culture TRIBE Member

    btw, not all flights in and out, just some.
  9. stargurl*

    stargurl* TRIBE Member

    It's not just the UK - in a couple minutes, Belgian airspace is due to close until about 10pm tonight, and in the Netherlands they're shutting down in phases with everything due to stop by 7pm.
  10. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    friend of mine just landed in London, and now she is there till this all blows over.


  11. stargurl*

    stargurl* TRIBE Member

    NATS (British air traffic control) is currently reporting that no flights are allowed in British airspace (except in emergency situations) until 7am tomorrow.
  12. mingster

    mingster TRIBE Member

    useless without satellite pics!
  13. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    i'll totally freak if something like this happens when i go. or BA strikes. or anything. unless its when im supposed to be coming back, if I have to stay there longer then thats ok.
    im sorry people that are supposed to going away and now cant go :(
  14. The Truth

    The Truth TRIBE Member



    Airspace closed:
    Republic of Ireland

    Partial or planned closures:
    Sweden (total closure by 2000 GMT)
    Denmark (total by 1600 GMT)
    Finland (northern airspace closed till 1200 GMT Friday)
    Belgium (total from 1430 GMT)
    Netherlands (being shut progressively)

    BBC News - Icelandic volcanic ash alert grounds UK flights
  15. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

    How much longer do you think we (the human race) have on this planet?
    Looking at the last few months:
    Haiti earthquake
    Argentina earthquake
    China earthquake
    Iceland volcano spewing ash and sulfur

    Doesn't it feel like Mother Earth saying "humanoids, I'm getting a bit sick of all your bs"?
  16. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

    no no we'll be ok erika. the earth is just flexing its 'freedom of expression' and that's fine. and who said humans should dominate the landscape? personally, if we all lived in fear of volcanoes, (like if we all had our towns / villages at the base of active volcanoes) we'd cherish life a bit more, and have a greater respect for nature, etc :D
  17. erika

    erika TRIBE Member

  18. Sal De Ban

    Sal De Ban TRIBE Member

  19. acheron

    acheron TRIBE Member

    The harbingers of doom are suggesting that if this volcano settles into a long period of activity it could disrupt air traffic to and from Europe for years, and possibly poison crops and hasten global warming. Well, at least we can't blame ourselves for this particular debacle.

    Personally I blame Obama.
  20. WestsideWax

    WestsideWax TRIBE Promoter

    Watch it, Bass-Invader will be all over your ass for that non-science talk.

    I recently read an analogy that compared great white sharks to humans (both super-predators), on a human scale. Something akin to, "Can you imagine if you went into the ocean and suddenly found yourself surrounded by 40,000 hungry sharks?" That's the current human population in relation to the rest of the planet.

    No question that the human herd will be culled, it's simply a matter of when.

    Hope everyone's made peace with themselves or are in the process of doing so!
  21. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    thats a cool fucking pic!
  22. Dirty Girl

    Dirty Girl TRIBE Member

    "However, as Science Fair noted previously, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano isn't necessarily the main problem. It's Katla, Iceland's noisier neighbor, that's the concern. If lava flowing from Eyjafjallajokull melts the glaciers that hold down the top of Katla, then Katla could blow its top, pumping gigantic amounts of ash into the atmosphere.

    The potential eruption of Iceland's volcano Katla could send the world, including the USA, into an extended deep freeze.
    "There's no telling how long the eruptions could last," says Sennert about the Eyjafjallajokull volcano."These explosions could go on for some time."
  23. sk8

    sk8 TRIBE Member

    But first we'll all have to learn to pronounce Eyjafjallajokull
  24. SJN

    SJN TRIBE Member

    Has CNN unofficially changed the name of the volcano so that the pleebs can pronounce it yet?
  25. Wiseman

    Wiseman TRIBE Member

    I blame Bjork.

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