An investigation is underway at Birmingham Airport after a drunk passenger allegedly managed to breach security and board an empty plane.
It happened in the early hours of 17 July when Lee Jezard, from Redditch, allegedly made his way onto the airfield and boarded a passenger jet.
West Midlands Police said the 22-year-old was arrested at 1.10am and charged later that day with the offence of entering a security restricted area of an aerodrome without the permission of the manager and a separate offence of boarding an aircraft without permission.
He was released on bail, with conditions not to attend any airport in the UK, and is due to appear before Birmingham magistrates on August 20.
It is thought Jezard missed his flight to Ibiza the previous day and had been re-booked on a flight leaving the next day. He allegedly started drinking at an airport bar before getting airside.
An airport spokesman said: "An investigation is under way."
The first tourist flight from China to Birmingham has landed.
It is one of three flights and the only direct route outside of London.
It has been made possible by the new runway extension at Birmingham Airport. If the route proves popular the airport says a permanent flight could be scheduled.
The first-ever direct tourist flight from China to Birmingham is due to land this morning.
It is one of three flights chartered by China Southern, the Chinese equivalent of Thomas Cook, and has been made possible by the new runway extension.
If it proves popular, it could mean the scheduling of a permanent flight route.
A protest meeting has been held tonight over recent changes to flight paths in and out of Birmingham Airport. It follows the opening of a runway extension two months ago. The airport says it is carrying out a number of trials before deciding which routes to use in future. However some residents say it is causing unacceptable noise levels. Keith Wilkinson reports.
A petition signed by more than 2000 people will be presented to the Transport Minister today, protesting about new flight paths being used by aeroplanes at Birmingham Airport.
Since its runway extension, Birmingham Airport has been trialling new flight paths but many residents in Balsall Common say it has resulted in increased noise.
A protest meeting tonight is expected to attract 250 people.
Birmingham Airport says:
"The new flight path, to the south of the airport, is required as a result of the runway extension, which is now open and will deliver global connectivity and thousands of new jobs in the future for local people.
"The airport is aware of a petition circulating in the community and is recording and responding to all correspondence received by residents."
Police have released CCTV pictures as part of an appeal for witnesses after a traveller was robbed in a car park at Birmingham Airport.
It happened on Sunday 1st June at 11:10pm at the drop and go car park on Concorde Road.
The victim believed the offender had a knife. A black Sony laptop was stolen.
Police say the suspects described the victim had song northern/Newcastle accents. One was a white mate with a baseball cap an navy blue polo shirt, the other was a blonde female with a long ponytail.
Speaking after a flight from Faro was involved in an emergency alert on the way into Birmingham Airport this lunchtime, Monarch Airlines said:
Monarch Airlines can confirm that a passenger was taken ill on this flight into Birmingham earlier today. The captain called ahead for medical assistance and the flight landed on schedule at Birmingham. It was met by Paramedics who attended to the passenger immediately.
The airline involved in an emergency alert this lunchtime at Birmingham Airport says it was caused a passenger having a 'diabetic episode'.
The Monarch Airlines flight from Faro was due to land at Birmingham, but the alert was called in shortly after 13:00. The plane landed safely and paramedics were waiting on the runway for the passenger to be given treatment.
AirLiveNet has tweeted that Monarch Flight ZB403 has landed safely at Birmingham Airport. It's not yet clear why the plane made the emergency call.
BREAKING EMERGENCY Monarch A321 declaring an emergency. Flight #ZB403 starting approach to Birmingham.
A Monarch flight has declared an emergency as is starting its approach to Birmingham Airport.
It's not yet clear what the emergency is - more to follow.