Birmingham Airport closed after plane crash

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Two men carrying a donor organ on a light aircraft have been injured, one critically, when the plane crashed at Birmingham Airport.

West Midlands Police said the donor organ, reported to be a liver, had been delivered to a local hospital despite the wreckage of the Cessna catching fire.

A pilot from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance entered the burning jet to cut its fuel supply after the crash at about 3.30pm on Friday.

The accident happened in foggy conditions, making the task of its crew extremely difficult.

The pilot of the Cessna, a 58-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage suffering from multiple injuries, while the other casualty was less seriously hurt.

The incident caused widespread disruption to travellers, halting all flights and prompting gridlock on roads surrounding the airport.

A Birmingham Airport spokesman said: "The airport is currently closed and is not likely to reopen before at least 8pm this evening. Those due to travel to the airport this evening should contact their airline for further guidance and not come to the airport at this time."

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