Photo: Alex Hall
Flights to and from Birmingham International Airport were suspended after a plane over-ran the runway as it touched down.
An airport spokeswoman said the front wheels of the plane, Monarch flight ZB467 from Nice, left the runway after it landed. No injuries were reported.
The spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that an incident involving Monarch flight ZB467 arriving from Nice and operated by Aurela Airlines occurred at 13.11 this afternoon.”
The airport spokeswoman said later: “We can confirm the passengers left the aircraft using the steps, there were no injuries and no one was hurt.
“The airport is open with flights arriving and departing. Some flight departures may still be subject to delay; passengers should contact the airline directly.”
A Monarch spokeswoman said: “It is understood that the flight operating on an Aurela Boeing 737-300 aircraft, registration LY-SKA, with 135 passengers on board left the runway whilst taxiing to the terminal, bringing the aircraft to a stop.
“Passengers have now safely disembarked from the aircraft and have been coached to the terminal where they are being cared for by Monarch airline staff.
“At this time we understand that no passenger or crew have sustained any injuries.
“Monarch apologises to all passengers on board and is offering them all possible assistance.
“Monarch is working with Birmingham Airport to move the aircraft and is fully assisting with the authorities. As a standard precaution emergency services have attended the aircraft.”
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The passenger airliner from Nice sped off the tarmac in wet weather on arrival to Birmingham Airport just after 1pm.
Michelle Doyle said: "We were coming in to land like normal, but when we did land he didn’t seem like he was slowing down.
"It was faster than normal. It was a long time down the runway before we noticed any brakes going on.
"The air brakes went on because we were sitting on the wing, so we could see that. But the brakes on the wheel didn’t seem to be as hard.
"We went round the corner and didn’t make the corner so we just went on to the grass. It was a 90 degree turn. I was thrown out of my seat a little.
"It was probably around 20 to 30mph.
"Once we hit the grass it slowed down very quickly. It was quite bumpy."
Michelle and her partner John, from Staffordshire, had spent two weeks on a tour of the south of France.
She added: "We've come back to rain and a rally car of a landing. It was sort of exciting, and then there's obviously this worry at the back of your mind."
There were no injuries among the passengers on board the 23-year-old jet, a busy Monarch flight ZB467 from Nice.
Flights were briefly suspended after the incident, but the airport has now reopened, although further delays are possible.
Airport teams are currently waiting for heavy lifting gear to lift the plane back on to the runway.
Alex Hall, a student at Warwick Business School, posted a picture of the plane and tweeted: "On way to job interview, plane has come off runway at Birmingham Airport!"
As spokesperson for Birmingham Airport said: “We can confirm that an incident involving Monarch flight ZB467 arriving from Nice and operated by AURELA Airlines occurred at 13.11 this afternoon.
“We can confirm that there were no injuries and no one was hurt.
“Flight arrivals and departures are affected with possible delays and diversions to other airports; passengers and those meeting friends and family at the airport should contact the airline directly."
The aircraft, operated by Lithuanian-based Aurela, is sub-contracted to Monarch on a wet-lease arrangement. This involves one airline hiring a jet and crew from another operator to supplement its existing fleet.
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