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Iceland volcano eruption poses hazard

May 24, 2011, Reykjavik, Iceland - Airlines operating from Europe could face fresh disruption to flights due to an ash cloud from the erupting Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland.


May 24, 2011
Carey Fredericks

The UK Met Office has warned that the ash cloud could reach the UK by the early hours of Tuesday morning and although airspace closures are not planned, flight disruption could be likely.

The latest eruption comes almost a year after an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano caused widespread airspace closures and disruption, due to potential engine damage from flying through the ash cloud.

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said that he did not expect a blanket closure of UK airspace, while the Civil Aviation Authority said it was monitoring the situation closely.

Greenland's airspace remained closed on Monday due to the eruption, while Iceland's main airport near capital city Reykjavik also faced closures.

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