For desperate airlines, safety is taking a back seat in coach to economics as they press to get their planes back into the skies over Europe even though the volcano in Iceland is, once again, apparently spewing out impressive amounts of ash into the atmosphere over many Northern (and some Southern) European countries.
Under intense pressure from the airlines, losing an estimated $200 million each day, European air safety officials have carved the airspace over Europe into sort of a layer cake–with some layers being deemed safe enough for a jetliner to fly through, while other layers are still thought to be off-limits.
But a leading aviation expert, Dr. Brent Bowen, head of the Department of Aviation Technology at Purdue University has put out a news release warning that “getting back in the air too soon could endanger lives.”
He argues there have really been no conclusive or even extensive scientific tests to determine whether the limited air spaces now available to commercial air travel really are safe to traverse?
The problem is, any damage to airliners may not be immediately observable. But that doesn’t make the potential ramifications any less severe.
Would airlines deliberately put their aircraft, crews and passengers in danger just because of—–money?
What do YOU think?
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