It seems that there is nothing quite like a volcano for sparking memorable quotes. In light of today’s ash cloud, many media sources are reminiscing about BA Captain Eric Moody’s famous announcement when the flight encountered volcanic ash in 1982:
“Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them under control. I trust you are not in too much distress.”
However, my favourite quote of the day is to be found in The Times, who cite Hjordis Gudmondsdottir, a spokesperson for Iceland's air traffic authority:
"The ash is going out to the ocean and to Europe so our airports aren't really affected. It's almost funny, except it isn't, obviously."