WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama has canceled plans to travel to Poland for the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
A White House statement Saturday cited hazardous flying conditions posed by the ash cloud from the erupting volcano in Iceland.
The cloud has forced huge portions of European airspace to be closed. The fear is that microscopic particles of highly abrasive ash could endanger passengers by causing aircraft engines to fail.
Obama was to leave Washington on Saturday night for Sunday's state funeral of Kaczynski in Krakow, Poland. The Polish president, his wife and 94 others died in a plane crash last Saturday in western Russia.