Fear in a handful of dust: aviation and the Icelandic volcano


  • Peter Brooker

    1. Employed by the CAA and National Air Traffic Services (where he was Chief Scientist) for many years, but he has not worked for the Met Office.
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The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010 closed airports throughout Europe, stranded thousands of passengers, and enraged airlines and cost them millions. Was the grounding justified? Peter Brooker finds that planes stopped flying because of gaps in the statistical and test data needed to establish safe levels of ash concentration.