Belfast Telegraph

Probe into donor flight accident continues

A probe into a crash involving a plane from Belfast carrying a donor liver is continuing.

The private Cessna aircraft crashed in foggy conditions at Birmingham Airport on Friday

Two men were injured, one seriously.

The pilot, a 58-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage after the crash. He is suffering from multiple injuries.

A second man, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to hospital with flash burns to his body and a back injury.

A transplant operation went ahead successfully with the donor organ despite the crash.

The patient is said to be recovering well.

Birmingham Airport reopened on Saturday and said some 80 flights had been affected.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is trying to establish the cause of the crash.

A spokesman said: “Investigations are ongoing and inspectors will be looking at all aspects of the incident.”

An air ambulance pilot entered the burning Cessna to cut off the fuel supply and allow medical staff to reach the trapped pilot following the crash.

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