Icelandic volcanic ash grounds helicopters in the North Sea

By Phaedra Friend Troy

Volcanic ash is spreading across Northern Europe from a volcanic eruption in Iceland, cancelling all flights, including helicopter flights to offshore installations in the North Sea.

According to a report from the BBC, flights across Northern Europe have been disrupted, including aviation travel in Norway, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. Airspace over the North Sea has been closed.

NAT UK first announced on Wednesday that the cloud may hamper aviation travel, and by Thursday morning in the UK, flights were restricted for safety reasons.

The volcanic ash poses a safety threat because it can damage aircraft engines. Currently, all flights in the UK are grounded until Friday morning.

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