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Ebola screening to be extended to Birmingham Airport

Screening for Ebola at Birmingham Airport will take place next week at the earliest Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ebola screening for passengers is to be extended to Birmingham Airport, Public Health England confirms.

Chief executive, Duncan Selbie, says that once existing measures covering Heathrow, Gatwick and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras had "settled", they would be rolled out to other ports of entry.

Staff will check passengers who are arriving from affected areas in West Africa.

Next week the focus will be on Gatwick and St Pancras and, once settled there, we will then move to include Manchester and Birmingham...

What I am certain of is that we have the people who know how to keep the country safe and that is exactly what we will do.

– Duncan Selbie, chief executive, Public Health England

The virus has killed around 4,500 people - mostly in West Africa.

Pilot loses false arm during flight from Birmingham

A Flybe Dash 8 at Birmingham International Airport Credit: PA

A airline pilot's artificial arm became detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.

The detachment, on a Flybe flight from Birmingham, caused the captain to lose control of the plane with 47 passengers on board. The flight was approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions.

The incident happened on February 12th this year. No-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.

"The senior captain referred to in this report is one of Flybe's most experienced and trusted pilots. The airline confirms that at no time was the safety of its passengers or crew compromised in any way, nor was the aircraft damaged."

– Ian Baston, Flybe director of flight operations and safety


Drunk passenger allegedly boards empty plane

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.

Birmingham Airport say they are investigating the allegations Credit: BRUNO FAHY/Belga/Press Association Images

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.

– West Midlands Police spokesperson

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."

First-ever Chinese tourist flight to Birmingham lands

The first direct tourist flight from China to Birmingham is due to land this morning Credit: PA

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.

  1. Keith Wilkinson

Residents fight Birmingham Airport flight path changes

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.


Petition against Birmingham Airport flight path to be presented to Transport Minister

A protest meeting against Birmingham Airport's new flight path will take place in Balsall Common Credit: PA Wire

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."

CCTV appeal over robbery at Birmingham Airport

CCTV image released by police of suspect in Birmingham airport robbery

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.

Airline issues statement after plane emergency

The Monarch flight from Faro declared an emergency alert on approach to Birmingham this lunchtime Credit: PA

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.

Emergency plane alert caused by passenger illness

Library pictures of a Monarch plane at Birmingham Airport Credit: PA

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.

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