21 Jun '11, 3am

Flight chaos in Australia as ash cloud returns

SYDNEY: Thousands of passengers were grounded Tuesday as the Chilean ash cloud returned to Australia with a vengeance, forcing the cancellation of flights to Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. The cloud, created by the eruption of the Puyehue volcano high in the Andes more than two weeks ago, has looped the globe and made its way back Down Under to wreak havoc again. "The ash cloud is denser and larger than that which caused widespread disruption to flights last week," said Airservices Australia, adding that it was hovering between 20,000 and 40,000 feet (6-13 kilometres). "It is also predicted to linger longer over southeast Australia. It is spread in a large band below the Australian continent and is predicted to continue to move to the northeast and east in coming days." Qantas suspended services to and from the South Australian capital Adelaide as well as Canber...

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