Flights canceled as the ash rises
The Air Traffic Control Service announced that no flights are allowed in or out of UK airspace on Thursday. Flights have been grounded all over Europe, including in Denmark, Amsterdam, and Ireland. The reason? A giant cloud of volcanic ash. The eruption occurred in Eyjafjallajoekull, Iceland.
When an airplane flies through it, volcanic ash can cause partial or total engine failure, and a plane can literally fall out of the sky. The ash also damages ventilation, hydraulics, electronics, and air data systems. The harsh ash can damage a planes paint, windscreens, and powerplants.
Up to eight hundred people were evacuated from their homes. The volcano erupted under a glacier and is causing flooding. Rivers in the area had already risen 10 feet.
The last eruption in Eyjafjallajoekull was on March 20, less than a month ago, which was the first since 1821.