Monarch Flight ‘Skids Off’ Birmingham Airport Runway

Legal Experts Call For Lessons To Be Learned From Incident

21.09.2012

Aviation law experts from Irwin Mitchell have called for lessons to be learned after a Monarch flight to Birmingham International Airport reportedly over-ran the runway as it touched down at its destination.

A spokeswoman for the airport has revealed that flight ZB467, operated by Aurela Airlines, was landing following its journey from Nice when its front wheels left the runway on Friday afternoon (September 21st).

Flights to and from the airport were suspended as work continued to assess the problem, with airfield services working with the crew of the plane.

No further detail is known at this stage, although it is believed that no injuries have been reported as of yet.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist aviation law team have vast expertise in helping victims of air accidents in the UK and abroad to seek answers and justice arising from aviation accidents.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and Partner in the team, said: “Very little is so far known about what went wrong here, but it is clearly a very worrying incident.

“Passengers onboard and their families will be hugely concerned about what happened and it is vital that Monarch, Aurela Airlines and other authorities work quickly and thoroughly to investigate what occurred.

“Skidding off the runway during landing is a very serious situation as airliners land at speeds in excess of 100 mph, meaning the consequences can be catastrophic.  Fortunately it appears that passengers may have escaped serious physical injuries, but it must have been a terrifying experience for everyone involved.
 
“For the sake of all of those affected by the incident, we hope that the investigation will provide prompt answers so that the passengers can understand what went wrong and so that the aviation industry can provide reassurances that it is taking the necessary measures to improve flight safety and prevent a similar incident re-occurring.”