Joss Kent and Peter Gibbs next to Met Office plane
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Look around a Met Office Civil Contingency Aircraft

When a volcano erupted in Iceland five years ago, it caused a cloud of ash over Europe which halted flights for several days.

The UK government has given the go-ahead for a new network of sensors and specially-equipped aircraft.

The initiative, involving airlines, the Civil Aviation Authority and weather forecasters, aims to keep people moving next time around.

Joss Kent, the scientist behind the development of the Met Office Civil Contingency Aircraft, takes Peter Gibbs on a tour of the plane.

  • 12 Jul 2015
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