Flights halted at British airport after jet leaves runway

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LONDON (AP) — A regional airport in England has halted flights after a plane that had just landed left a runway while taxiing.

Officials said Friday there were no injuries from the mishap Friday at Bristol Airport involving a bmi regional flight from Frankfurt, Germany.

Airport and airline officials say 25 people were on board the twin-engine Embraer 145 jet during the incident, which happened while the plane was taxiing.

The incident caused severe disruption at the airport located 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of London. Bristol Airport is a popular regional facility that handles a number of international flights.

Officials said more than 60 flights were cancelled or diverted while specialist teams were brought to the airport to try to move the jet.

The airport said in a statement that the runway would remain closed until the plane can be towed to the stand.

Delays are expected to continue even after the jet is moved because so many other planes are out of position because they could not land at Bristol Airport.

Friday was one of the busiest travel days of the year in Britain due to the Christmas holidays.

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