UPDATE 1-More Dutch test flights to assess volcanic ash

* Initial test flights in Netherlands, Germany successful

* Flights to test volcanic ash impact on aircraft

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AMSTERDAM, April 18 (BestGrowthStock) – The Netherlands said more
test flights would take place on Sunday to assess whether there
was any danger in its airspace from volcanic ash after an
earlier test flight was conducted safely.

Dutch airline KLM (AIRF.PA: ) said it carried out a test
flight on Saturday without any apparent damage. Germany’s
Lufthansa (LHAG.DE: ) flew 10 planes in separate tests.
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“The KLM test flight in the Netherlands, which took place
under controlled conditions, has been safe. Abroad, several test
flights have also been safe,” the Dutch Transport Ministry said
in a statement

“The goal of these test flights is to do measurements in
Dutch airspace on the possible consequences of the ash on
airplane parts,” the ministry.

Volcanic ash spreading from Iceland has led to massive air
travel disruptions across Europe in recent days and problems
worsened on Saturday as the cloud of ash spread southeast across
the continent.

Volcanic ash has an abrasive effect and can strip off vital
aerodynamic surfaces and paralyse an aircraft engine, while
aircraft avionics and electronics can also be damaged.

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(Reporting by Gilbert Kreijger; Editing by Matthew Jones)

UPDATE 1-More Dutch test flights to assess volcanic ash