Buenos Aires flights canceled due to volcano ash

Columns of ash from Chile's erupting Puyehue volcano forced all flights from the two largest airports in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to be grounded Thursday, airport officials told AFP.

Flights had been canceled for much of Tuesday in and out of Buenos Aires, but resumed on Wednesday.

"All flights have been canceled because the ash cloud is above Buenos Aires," a spokesperson for Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000, the group that manages the area airports, told AFP.

A crisis committee will meet later in the day to evaluate the situation, said the spokesperson, adding that the ash cloud was some 9,000 meters (29,000 feet) above the capital

A fine coat of ash blanketed Buenos Aires on Thursday.

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