Plane over-runs airport runway

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."