Birmingham & Black Country

Inquiry into 'too close' planes at Birmingham Airport

A light aircraft, landing at Birmingham Airport, passed close to a passenger plane waiting to take off.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is looking into Wednesday afternoon's incident.

A spokesman for Flybe, operators of the stationary passenger plane, confirmed the incident.

The Flybe aircraft, bound for Guernsey, had 50 passengers on board. The other craft involved was a TBM 700 flying in from Belgium.

It is understood the the TBM 700 passed close enough to the Q400 Flybe plane for air traffic controllers to report the incident.

A Flybe spokesman said: "We can confirm that we are aware of the incident involving a privately-operated flight and a stationary Flybe aircraft at Birmingham Airport on Wednesday January 12.

"Flybe can further confirm that its staff have given witness statements to the AAIB."

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