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Ash Fallout Begins

Flight ban lifted – and now the recriminations begin | World news | The Guardian

The lifting of the flight embargo followed lobbying from the aviation industry, which has accused governments across Europe of overreacting.
Adonis said the decision was not taken in response to BA's pressure but due to a change of advice from aircraft and engine manufacturers.
The government denied it was a blow to its handling of the crisis and said it had relied on advice from the CAA and Nats, the national air traffic controller. Nats spokesman Alex Bristol said the only pressure the company had been under was to understand the nature of the volcanic ash cloud. He said that information about how aero engines could cope with adverse ash conditions only became available yesterday.

EU Ref has and will have more but I think it can be summed up as an utter shambles, with the precautionary principle, computer models, governmental risk aversion and bureaucratic torpor all going to come under attack, hopefully.

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Nothing unusual, just the usual British shambling incompetence. Why would we expect anything different?

"... information about how aero engines could cope with adverse ash conditions only became available yesterday."

Because, after all, this particular volcano is the only one in the world to have erupted since 1906. Or at least since the mid-1950s when jet engines started being available to commercial aircraft. Nobody had ever studied the problem before.

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