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New ash cloud grounds flights in Britain, Ireland

Britain and Ireland grounded flights again on Wednesday after a fresh cloud of ash swept in from the Icelandic volcano which sparked unprecedented air travel chaos in Europe last month.



Dublin: Britain and Ireland grounded flights
again on Wednesday after a fresh cloud of ash swept in from the
Icelandic volcano which sparked unprecedented air travel chaos
in Europe last month.

British regulators imposed a flight ban from Scottish and
Northern Irish airports from 0600 GMT for 12 hours for most
affected airports, warning that high ash levels could damage
plane engines.

Irish authorities, who stopped flights for several hours
on Tuesday, also closed airports progressively from 0600 GMT,
while saying transatlantic and other planes could still fly
over at higher altitudes.

"The volcano in Iceland has expelled denser, coarser ash
higher into the atmosphere," said the Irish Aviation Authority
(IAA), adding that Dublin airport would remain closed until at
least midnight (2300 GMT).

Britain`s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) added:
"Forecasts show that levels of ash in the atmosphere over
Scotland and Northern Ireland will exceed the concentrations
that engine manufacturers have agreed are safe for
operations."

While the flight ban would remain in place for the rest
of Wednesday, the CAA said it hoped the restrictions could be
lifted tomorrow.

PTI

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