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Airline readiness for volcanic ash clouds tested

23 April 2011

One year after the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, more than 70 airlines took part in a simulation on Wednesday to prepare for another ash cloud closing European airspace.

The exercise simulated the eruption of the Grimsvötn volcano in Iceland, sending volcanic ash south across the North Atlantic and Europe, said the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), based in Montreal.

It aimed to validate changes and improvements to contingency plans and procedures in case of another eruption.

The results are to be presented in Brussels on June 6 and 7. The simulation was not expected to impact regular air travel.


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