Birmingham shuts as Aurela 737 veers off runway

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Flights have been suspended at Birmingham airport in the UK after a Lithuanian-operated aircraft apparently veered off the runway.

The Monarch Airlines service, flight number ZB467, had been operated by Aurela Airlines.

Images from the scene suggest the aircraft involved is a Boeing 737-300 (LY-SKA) and that it has come to a halt on a grassy area.

Birmingham airport's operator says the flight had been arriving from Nice and that the incident occurred at 13:11.

"At the present time, airfield services are assisting the airline crew," it adds. "We can confirm that there were no injuries and no one was hurt.

"The passengers left the aircraft using the steps and are currently being transferred to the terminal where they will be looked after while the bags are removed from the aircraft hold."

Flights from the airport have been suspended, it adds.

Birmingham has a single runway, designated 15/33. Weather data for the time of the incident indicates good visibility but light rain.