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Gatwick airline tests cameras to detect volcanic ash

A system using infrared cameras to detect volcanic ash in the atmosphere is being tested by Gatwick's biggest airline.

Easyjet lost £50m in the Icelandic ash cloud of 2010, as tens of thousands of passengers' flights were cancelled.

The equipment was first fitted to a light aircraft in Italy in December and tested near the Mount Etna and Stromboli volcanoes. In the past fortnight it has been tested over the Atlantic coast west of Morocco.

  • 19 Jul 2012
  • From the section Sussex