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Steve Connor: Airspace closure due to ash cloud fears 'was right move'

Steve Connor in London

Published 26/04/2011 | 05:00

AIR traffic controllers were right to close European airspace last year over worries about the ash plume from an erupting Icelandic volcano, a study has found.

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Despite protestations from airline bosses in April of last year that it would have been safe to continue flying, samples of ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano taken at the time of its eruption have led scientists to conclude that serious structural damage to aircraft could have occurred if passenger planes had continued to fly.

Tests on the ash revealed it contained particles of glass so sharp they could have damaged exposed surfaces of any aircraft, including the engines and cockpit windows.

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