Europe, U.S. use different strategies in dealing with volcanic ash

04/23/2010 | National Public Radio

Last week's widespread closure of European airspace shows the different procedures in place in Europe and the U.S., National Public Radio reports. Government regulators made the decision to ground European flights following a volcanic eruption in Iceland, while the FAA leaves the decision largely up to airlines and pilots. One key difference: Europe's more crowded airspace makes it harder for pilots to maneuver around ash clouds.

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