Monarch halts Aurela flights after 737 incident

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UK holiday carrier Monarch Airlines has suspended its services with Lithuanian operator Aurela Airlines while inquiries begin into a runway incident at Birmingham.

Monarch says the Boeing 737-300, arriving from Nice, "left the runway while taxiing to the terminal" after landing. It came to a halt in a grassy area.

There were no injuries among the 135 passengers on board the aircraft. But Monarch says it has "suspended the use" of Aurela.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch says it is looking into the incident.

Vilnius-based Aurela was established in 1995, primarily using Soviet-era types such as the Yakovlev Yak-42 and Tupolev Tu-134 for its early services.

But it subsequently expanded its fleet to include 148-seat Boeing 737s and has also operated 757-200s as well as VIP business jets.