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Ash Affects Flights In Spain, Morocco, Turkey


Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano emits a dense plume of ash and steam in a May 8 NASA image.

Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano emits a dense plume of ash and steam in a May 8 NASA image.

Volcanic ash from Iceland has forced aviation authorities to shut down airports in Spain and Morocco and close airspace over Turkey.

Three airports in southern Spain and four in the Canary Islands were closed.

Morocco closed five airports for most of the morning, and flights around Istanbul were suspended for several hours.

Previously the ash had affected only European airports.

Meteorologists say until the volcano in Iceland stops erupting, aviation in Europe will be heavily affected by how prevailing winds distribute the ash.

compiled from agency reports
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