Irish airline Ryanair says flying in "high ash" zone over Scotland safe

11:03, May 25, 2011      

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Irish airline Ryanair said it had completed a test flight in the "high ash" zone over Scotland on Tuesday morning, providing proof for safe flying in the zone.

In a statement, the airline said it operated a one-hour verification flight up to 41,000 feet high in Scottish airspace. The aircraft took off from Glasgow, flew to Inverness and Aberdeen and down to Edinburgh.

The route is in the "red zone" of "high ash concentration" in the forecast charts of UK Met Office and Civil Aviation Authority, which showed the volcanic ash from Iceland may influence flights over Scotland on Tuesday. Many airlines have canceled flights to and from Scotland on the day.

But Ryanair said "there was no visible volcanic ash cloud or any other presence of volcanic ash and the post flight inspection revealed no evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines."

Therefore, the airline called on UK Civil Aviation Authority and the Irish Aviation Authority to support resuming flights in the airspace over Scotland.

Source: Xinhua
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