Selly Oak mercy flights for Afghanistan wounded delayed by ash cloud Apr 17 2010 by Matt Lloyd, Birmingham Mail Add a comment Recommend FLIGHTS bringing injured troops to Selly Oak Hospital from Afghanistan have been made subject to the closure of UK airspace. All flights in an out of the country remained on hold as the cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland hovered over the country. However, an RAF spokesman said plans were in place and in the case of emergency troops could be brought to Selly Oak for expert treatment. âWe are subject to the restrictions so weâre looking at alternative ways to get people home,â she said. âWith medical evacuations, depending how urgent it is we would come up with something and we have a dispensation for essential flights. âIf we talk to the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and itâs necessary we can get them home. But there are options to keep soldiers in theatre and treat them there or take them to another European country.â She added no evacuations had taken place during flight lock-down. http://www.birminghammail.net/news/top-stories/2010/04/17/selly-oak-mercy-flights-for-afghanistan-wounded-delayed-by-ash-cloud-97319-26260918/?