Ash from Iceland's spewing volcano halted air traffic across a wide swathe of Europe on
Thursday, grounding planes on a scale not seen since the 9/11 terror
attacks. Thousands of flights were canceled, tens of thousands of
passengers were stranded and officials said it was not clear when it
would be safe enough to fly again.
In a sobering comment, one scientist in Iceland said the ejection of
volcanic ash – and therefore disruptions in air travel – could continue
for days or even weeks.
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