Test Flight Provides Plume Data How Dangerous Is the Volcanic Ash?

A flight by the German Aerospace Center on Monday measured the ash plume over Germany and found that the particle concentration was no higher than that of sand clouds from the Sahara desert that sometimes reach Europe. But it is still unclear what kind of effect Eyjafjalljökull's ash particles could have on jet engines.
Germany's space agency conducted an important flight on Monday to measure the volcanic ash cloud currently blanketing large parts of Europe.

Germany's space agency conducted an important flight on Monday to measure the volcanic ash cloud currently blanketing large parts of Europe.

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