Ash Cloud Chaos Brings Emergency Landing, Flight Cancellations

Eruption of Eyjafjallajokull on March 27th; Wikipedia

The Iceland volcano that has clouded European air space for over a month shut down more airports today. The closures began when a Ryanair flight to London Stansted reported an "acrid smell" and was forced to make a precautionary landing at Belfast City airport.

"Ryanair engineers will now examine the aircraft, before releasing it to return to service later this morning. Ryanair apologises sincerely to passengers for any delay or inconvenience caused," said the airline in a statement. The plane was returned to service after checks.

UK's Guardian reported that Ryanair also found volcanic ash on two of its planes Sunday.

As the ash plume from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano spreads south, flights were restricted to the Canary Islands, Portugal, Spain and Madeira today. Thousands of passengers have been stranded.

Three weeks ago, the volcanic ash cloud shut down airports across Europe for six days. It has been estimated the closures cost the travel industry $1.5 billion dollars.
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