Volcanic ash in Iceland delays flights in Chicago

Published: Thursday, April 15, 2010 10:58 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Volcanic activity in Iceland is affecting flights in the Chicago area.

The Chicago Department of Aviation said Thursday morning that flights at O'Hare International Airport were "experiencing delays to Europe due to volcanic activity reported in Iceland." The Aviation Department is advising passengers to contact their airlines to check on the status of flights.

Flights in the United States and Europe are being disrupted by clouds of ash spewing from a volcano in Iceland.

The volcano's smoke and ash poses a threat to aircraft because it can affect visibility, and microscopic debris can get sucked into airplane engines and can cause them to shut down.

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