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Two lanes closed on the M1 northbound in Nottingham due to overturned lorry

Two lanes still remain closed due to an overturned lorry on the M1 northbound as recovery works are being carried out.

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Plane turns back to Birmingham Airport after bird strike

The Thomas Airways plane had to loop back towards the runway. Credit: PA Images

A passenger plane had to return to Birmingham Airport after a bird strike.

The Thomson Airways flight to Paphos in Cyprus had been scheduled to take off at 2.05pm but the plane had to loop back towards the runway.

There were no reports of any injuries aboard the 189-seat 737-800 plane.

The airline Thomson has apologised for the delays and wants to reassure customers that issues of this nature are very rare.

They did a loop back around and landed safely. There are no injuries and the passengers were all taken off and are now awaiting another plane.

– Spokesman for Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport records busiest year in history

Passengers arrive at Birmingham Airport. Credit: PA Images

Birmingham Airport has recorded the busiest year in its 77 year history, seeing eleven million passengers travel through it's gates.

Compared to the figures between 2014 and 2015, 10.2% more people have travelled.

Airport officials say it's due to airlines increasing their capacity and launching new services to and from the Midlands airport.

The airport has also recorded its busiest single day to date on the 19th August 2016 when 44,767 passengers were recorded taking to the skies.

Reaching 10 million passengers last August was a big milestone in the airport’s history but reaching 11 million is an absolute game changer. It shows that demand for flying to and from the Midlands is rapidly rising and this is only expected to continue as national and international investment in the region continues and the Midlands Engine powers on.

– Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive Officer
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