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Aviation director defends flight ban

The European flight ban was absolutely necessary, according to Peter Müller, director of Switzerland’s Federal Civil Aviation Office.

This content was published on April 20, 2010 - 12:57

Nobody knew just how much ash a plane’s engine could tolerate, he said at a news conference in Bern on Tuesday.

Müller warned that the crisis wasn’t over yet, so people shouldn’t be too ecstatic that Swiss airspace was reopened in Tuesday morning.

He added that Switzerland was leading the way in finding the answers to aviation questions regarding volcanic ash. Skyguide in Dübendorf has set up an information centre to explore the topic.

Numerous nations and airlines will report their findings to Skyguide – particularly those related to ash-inflicted damage.

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