Donated organ saved from UK plane crash

2010-11-20 18:01

London - A plane carrying a donated liver crashed at an airport in England, but the organ was rushed to a hospital and implanted in a patient, officials said on Saturday.

The Cessna carrying the organ clipped an antenna as it was landing at Birmingham Airport in thick fog on Friday afternoon, catching fire as it hit the ground.

Two crew members were injured, but rescuers managed to put out the fire and rush the organ to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The hospital said that liver, which was undamaged in the accident, was successfully implanted in a patient during a four-hour operation. The hospital released a statement praising the rescuers for their quick thinking.

The statement said the patient was now stable but declined to release any further details, citing medical confidentiality.

The crash forced Birmingham Airport to close - disrupting 80 other flights - as investigators examined the runway. But officials said on Saturday that it had since re-opened.