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Britain's airspace was closed under false pretences, with satellite images revealing there was no doomsday volcanic ash cloud over the entire country.
Skies fell quiet for six days, leaving as many as 500,000 Britons stranded overseas and costing airlines hundreds of millions of pounds.
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The satellite images will be used by airlines in their battle to win tens of millions of pounds in compensation from governments for their losses.
Originally posted by sound_sensi
I didi wonder what all the fuss was about when for the majority of the time planes were grounded we had clear blue skies overhead.
maybe the ash cloud was thin, i dont know but i would have thought it would be more obvious than it was.
The RAF's Typhoon Eurofighters took to the skies again today after tests showed volcanic ash found in engines caused no damage.
The RAF's discovery of ash in engines during post-flight inspections on Wednesday led to checks of the entire fleet at RAF Coningsby yesterday.
Source: RAF jets return to skies after ash alert