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Flights suspended after plane skids off Birmingham runway

PASSENGERS had to be evacuated from a Monarch plane after it skidded off the runway at Birmingham Airport last Friday afternoon.

PASSENGERS had to be evacuated from a Monarch plane after it skidded off the runway at Birmingham Airport last Friday afternoon.

Flights in and out of the airport were suspended for about two hours at 1.10pm on September 21 after the Monarch-chartered flight ZB467, from Nice in France, skidded onto the grass as it taxied to the terminal. None of the 135 passengers or crew members were injured.

Monarch have now suspended their lease of the Aurela Boeing 737 LY-SKA which it has since emerged has been involved in several safety scares previously.

In a separate incident just last month, a series of technical faults left travellers stranded in Tenerife for two days. And only a few weeks ago, Michael Hughes, from Marston Green, called for investigations into the aircraft being used by Monarch, after his son had a terrible experience aboard a flight.

A spokeswoman for Monarch apologised for the latest incident and said: “At this time we understand that no passenger or crew have sustained any injuries.

“Monarch apologies to all passengers on-board and is offering them all possible assistance.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances and a paramedic officer initially attended the scene but no-one on board required treatment.

Flights heading towards Birmingham were diverted to East Midlands and Luton after the plane skidded but passengers waiting to leave faced delays, although most flights had resumed by mid-afternoon.

A spokesperson for Birmingham Airport said: “Passengers left the aircraft using the steps and were transferred to the terminal where they were looked after whilst bags were removed from the aircraft hold.”

 

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