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Iceland / Volcano / Airline Flights #970952

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 20, 2010
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(Studio: Brian Williams) The resumption of flights after a reduction in the ash from the volcano in Iceland noted; scenes shown of a plane landing at London’s Heathrow airport; flight tracking map shown.

(London: Dawna Friesen) The re-opening of European air space featured; details given about the pressure from the airlines; scenes shown of the volcanic plume in Iceland. [2 PASSENGERS – comment.] [British Transport Secretary Lord Andrew ADONIS†- says it is possible for safe routes through areas where there are low levels of ash.] [Geophysicist Rikke PEDERSEN†- notes we can’t control nature.]

(Studio: Brian Williams, Anne Thompson) The risks of flying through the ash and the composition of the ash discussed; plane engine animation shown.

(New York: Rehema Ellis) The hardships caused by this eruption featured; scenes shown of passengers stranded at airports; losses for the US airline and tourist industries cited; details given about the economic impact on US businesses, including UPS; photo shown of a British man at JFK Airport with a cardboard airplane. [Travelers WOMAN, S/Sgt. Garth JENKINS†- comment.] [IHS Global Insight economist Nigel GAULT†- says tourists from Europe are not arriving.]

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Madrid: Stephanie Gosk) The continuing effort of the reporter to get to Madrid from London amid this travel chaos featured. [In Spain, American tourists Carla and Doug PUNZEL‡- talk about their dog Frankie back home.]

Williams, Brian;
Friesen, Dawna;
Anne, Brian Williams,;
Ellis, Rehema;
Gosk, Stephanie

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