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I am astounded! The front page of my local paper (Ayrshire Post) "Ryanair pilot investigates ash cloud as Prestwick flights are grounded". Apparently a pilot "flouted" the ban and took off in an empty plane and flew as far as Aberdeen and Inverness to prove it was safe to fly! The article seems to infer that he was acting on higher instructions.
Surely the CAA will have to censure this pilot/airline? It's exactly as your email to us said - just because someone has made a lot of money (or more probably is losing a lot of money) they have the right to endanger lives.
I had a "discussion" on Tuesday, while there was still a ban, with someone at work who was flying from Prestwick last night. Her view was if passengers signed a disclaimer they should fly the plane. My view was that I wasn't prepared for a plane to risk flying when it could "land" on my house!! (I know - emotive language but I was trying to make a point that it's just not to inconvenience passengers that flights were grounded). Now I find that an airline has done exactly that - taken a risk! I'm astouned!
Rant over! Sorry.