Air space over Poland closed due to volcanic ash clouds

16:34, April 16, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The Polish Aviation Authorities decided Friday to close air space over Poland.

The airports in Cracow (southern Poland) and Rzeszow (south- eastern Poland) remained open, spokesman for the Polish Aviation Authorities Grzegorz Hlebowicz told the PAP news agency.

The air space over Poland was closed on 0800 hrs on Friday morning. It will be closed until further notice, Hlebowicz said.

The decision has been taken due to the dangers posed by clouds of volcanic ash from Iceland.

The volcano began erupting on Wednesday for the second time in a month from below the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, hurling a plume of ash 6 to 11 km into the atmosphere.

Volcanic ash contains tiny particles of glass and pulverised rock that can damage engines and airframes.

Poland has decided to hold memorial and funeral ceremonies in Warsaw and Cracow this weekend for the victims of the air crash near Smolensk, Russia, which claimed the lives President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria, together with other 94 poles on board.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion