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jeremy clarksonClarkson urges a stop to “Elfin Safety” lawyers

As Lufthansa and KLM confirm that they have made test flights of their own aircraft, within their own airspace with no discernible damage to jet engines reported, Jeremy Clarkson, the veteran tongue in cheek journalist ought to be encouraged to run for Prime Minister after this article which cuts straight through the clouds of ash and points the blame firmly where it belongs.

There is a warning here, because on the volcanic explosivity index (VEI) — which goes from one to eight — the eruption at Eyjafjallajokull will probably be classified as a two. And yet it shut down every airport in northern Europe. There are much bigger volcanoes in Iceland. They could, in theory, shut the whole world down for years.

Let’s not forget that back in 1980 Mount St Helens in Washington state blew with a VEI rating of five. It was a huge blast but only local air traffic was affected.

What’s changed, of course, is our attitude to safety, brought about in the main by our fear of being sued. Could volcanic ash bring down a jetliner? Fifteen-hundred miles from the scene of the volcano itself, it is extremely unlikely, but so long as there are lawyers, licking their lips at the prospect of proving the crash could have been avoided, air traffic controllers are bound to push the big button labelled “Stop”.

It won’t be a volcano that ends man’s existence on this planet. It’ll be the no-win no-fee lawyers. They are the ones who brought Europe to a halt last week. They are the ones who made a simple trip from Berlin to London into a five-country, all-day hammer blow on your licence fee. They are the ones who must be stopped.

I would say he has a fair point.

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Written by curly

April 18, 2010 at 9:20 am

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  1. I’m with BA Baracus on this – I ain’t gettin on no plane fool!

    rossinisbird

    April 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

  2. Wy is this volcano escapade any different from flying over the Sahara?

    The Fat Councillor

    April 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm

  3. The Fat Councillor is quite right. Remember a few years ago when we got out of bed to find all of our cars covered in a reddish dust? I recall that had blown over from the Sahara but I do not recall any aircraft being grounded at that time. If I am wrong it was certainly not anything like the scale we are experiencing now.

    Trigger

    April 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    • Well it looks like some of the continental airlines have now had enough of this nonsense and have arranged their own test flights with predictably good results, but I assume the “no win, no fee conditional arrangements” will prevent any any real improvement in travel conditions for at least a few days longer. The legal and insurance classes will continue to smile.

      curly

      April 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm


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