Airline crash ‘apparent violation of safety rules’

The crash of a British Airways jetliner near the city of Birmingham on Friday appeared to be a violation of a safety rule, the U.K.’s Transport and Maritime Affairs Agency said.

It said in a statement that the airline had notified authorities and taken necessary steps to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known, but the agency said it would investigate.

The agency said the jetliner ran out of fuel as it flew from London Heathrow to Birmingham’s airport, prompting an emergency landing.

The accident occurred when the jet was operating from the London airport to Birmingham, about 1,400 miles away, the agency added.

The Airbus A330-200, a Boeing 737-800 with a capacity of 1,200 passengers, was on its way to Paris from London to the French capital, with two crew members on board.

The airline said in its statement that it was not aware of any injuries.

The crash happened about a half-hour after the plane had been en route from London Gatwick to Paris.

The plane was in the air for about 30 minutes, the statement said.

The jetliner was flying from the British city of Heathrow into Birmingham.

The British Transportation Police said in the statement that they were investigating.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said that it has been informed by the airline that it is investigating the incident and that it would assist in the investigation.

The crash of a British Airways jetliner near the city of Birmingham on Friday appeared to be a violation of…