Airport closed after light aircraft crash

Birmingham Airport remained closed tonight after two people were hurt in an incident involving a light aircraft carrying a organ for transplant.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the Cessna plane, which is thought to have crashed as it landed at the end of the runway at 3.35pm.





In a second statement, a spokesman for the airport said: "There were two people on board, both males.



"One male is critical and was airlifted to a local hospital. The second male is suffering back pain and flash burns and has been transferred to a local hospital by road."



The airport is not likely to reopen before at least 8pm tonight, the spokesman said.



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



A Birmingham Airport spokesman said: "We can confirm that an incident has occurred involving a private Cessna aircraft.



"The incident occurred on arrival into the airport and the emergency services are in attendance. The airport is currently closed."



The airport spokesman added: "If you are due to travel to the airport this evening, please contact your airline for further guidance and do not come to the airport at this time."



One eyewitness said she saw smoke coming from the plane.



Lorraine Parker, who was stranded on a jet at the airport, told Sky News: "I just know that the airport is closed because of this incident - no planes can take off at the moment."



A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said she believed two patients were being taken to hospital following the incident.



Meanwhile, West Midlands Police advised drivers to avoid the main A45 Birmingham-to-Coventry route as it passes the airport.



A police spokesman said: "Due to the ongoing incident, the A45 near to Birmingham Airport is closed and traffic is currently extremely busy in the area.



"Commuters are advised to avoid the area if possible."





A man was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.



A WNAA spokeswoman said the Cessna plane came off the end of the runway and caught fire.



Two casualties were trapped and emergency services were at the scene, she said.





The plane that crashed was carrying an organ for transplant, police said tonight.



West Midlands Police said the donor organ was safely transported with a police escort to the hospital it was destined for.



The two occupants of the Cessna aircraft were rescued from the scene by emergency services.



A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "On arrival at the scene crews found two patients who had become injured whilst travelling on board a private aircraft.



"One patient, a man believed to be in his 50s, was seriously injured. He was treated at the scene for multiple injuries and airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.



"A second man was treated at the scene for flash burns to his body and a back injury. The man, believed to be in his 30s, was immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar before being conveyed via land ambulance to Heartlands Hospital."



Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, three senior paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), a Tactical Advisor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended, the spokeswoman added.



An Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesperson said: "The Air Accident Investigation Branch was notified of an accident to a Cessna Citation aircraft that occurred at Birmingham International Airport at approximately 1554 hours local time.



"The AAIB has deployed a team of inspectors to conduct an investigation. A report will be published in due course, and at this stage it is not possible to speculate on the cause of the accident."



A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, three senior paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (Hart), a tactical adviser and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.



The spokeswoman said: "On arrival at the scene, crews found two patients who had become injured whilst travelling on board a private aircraft.



"One patient, a man believed to be in his 50s, was seriously injured. He was treated at the scene for multiple injuries and airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.



"A second man was treated at the scene for flash burns to his body and a back injury.



"The man, believed to be in his 30s, was immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Life and Style
A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
Science An Italian neurosurgeon believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Sport
Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
arts + ents
News
Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
arts + ents
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy
arts + ents...begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
News
Image from a flyer at the CPAC event where Nigel Farage will be speaking
news
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Photographic Event Crew

£14500 - £22800 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: Software Developers - .NET / ASP.NET / WebAPI / JavaScript

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Software Developer is required to join a lea...

Austen Lloyd: Corporate Tax Solicitor - City

Excellent Salary: Austen Lloyd: A first rate opportunity to join a top ranking...

Ashdown Group: Senior Web Developer - C# / ASP.NET - London - £55K

£45000 - £55000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior Web Deve...

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower