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SA flights spared ash cloud delays

2011-05-25 11:22

Johannesburg - Flights between South Africa and Europe have not been affected by the ash cloud caused by the Grimsvoetn volcano in Iceland, the Airports Company SA (Acsa) said on Wednesday.

“There is no impact as we speak... what we recommend is that people always check with their airlines to establish if their flight may be impacted,” spokesperson Solomon Makgale said.

“We are monitoring the situation and are in contact with air traffic control in Europe,” he said.

Hundreds of flights in Europe have been cancelled following the eruption of the volcano on Saturday.

Aviation experts said the abrasive effect of volcano ash particles could sandblast aircraft parts and clog vital sensors, or cause combustion power failure, leaving a plane with no engine thrust.