UK: Light plane accident closes airport

PASSENGERS will be stranded overnight after a plane crash at Birmingham Airport called a halt to all flights until 6am tomorrow at the earliest.

This comes after a light aircraft carrying a donor organ crashed and caught fire as it came in to land at the airport just before 3.30pm today.

Two men on board were injured, one critically, and have been taken to a local hospital.

The donor organ, reported to be a liver, was also transported to its destination despite the wreckage of the Cessna catching fire.

Meanwhile, it emerged that 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 today.

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A statement from the airport said: “Following an incident at Birmingham Airport on Friday afternoon involving a private Cessna aircraft, the airport remains closed until 0600 Saturday, November 20, at the earliest.

“Those due to travel to the airport should contact their airline for further guidance and not come to the airport.”

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