Few days ago, a huge volcano in Iceland erupted and continues to create problems for European airspace that paralyzed in most Europe countries leaving thousand of passengers stranded. Most airlines grounded across Europe including, Great Britain, Denmark, France and Germany.
Webcam shot of Eyjafjallajökull erupting on April 17, 2010.
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The cancellation of flights due for safety for the people and for the Airline companies. The tiny particles of volcanic ashes could jam up the engine of passenger jets. One jet pilot today has been for his training and seems was alright in the sky. He didn't see anything wrong and managed to land however when they checked the engine of the jet , they saw the damage.
In spite of that, European airline are taking test flights to see the effect of the ash on their aircraft in hopes to convince the Euro officials to resume airspace. Now, officials of KLM said that European airspace is safe with exemption of Northern are between Iceland and Russia. Nevertheless, they hasn't give any details about flight plans or sort of information if we want them to believe these test flights. Volcanoes are erupting along Indonesia, Alaska, Japan, and elsewhere around the world without widespread problems. However, the key question is how similar is this eruption to those that occur around the world all the time and at what timescales could ash concentration change in the air over Europe. One other thing I don't know and maybe somebody out there does do most commercial pilots get trained on ash avoidance? However, there is still no word on when all of European airspace will reopen but they are hoping 50% of normal flights by Monday.
Daring pilots approaching the melting glacier near Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Torrents of meltwater can be seen in the background from the melting glacier.
Eyjafjallajökull erupting at night on April 17/18, 2010, with impressive fire fountaining.
I felt sorry for the people affected in this European chaos. I think that this tragic situation has connection with global warming. However, I cannot predict neither give an idea of what happen with our mother earth today. Everywhere is happening that seems like its the beginning of and ending. I remember the movie 2012, how Nostradamus predicted the world. From world war 1 , world war 2 and this present situation. Its really frightening. On the other hand only GOD knows what he is doing. All we can help is to continue believing with him and have strong faith.
UK Airport, Photo courtesy by google