Smog cancels and delays flights in Beijing

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Thousands of passengers were stranded Tuesday morning after dozens of early morning flights were either canceled or delayed due to a thick, dark cloud of smog that rolled through the Chinese capital.

The haze prompted 34 flight cancellations and delayed 98 others after visibility dropped to less than 200 meters in the airspace surrounding Beijing, state media reported.
Air carriers resumed normal flight schedules as of 10 a.m. (local), according to Xinhua. But the city’s air quality continued to be listed as “fair.”  

The U.S. Embassy, which reports pollution levels on its Twitter feed, said the accumulation of air particles was “beyond index” for most of the morning, which means the pollution exceeded the scale used to measure it.

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