Birmingham Airport Plane Crash Update: Flights Resumed at 1200 GMT Saturday, November 20, 2010

By on Nov 21, 2010 in Current Events, Europe, World Comments
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The Birmingham airport reopened shortly after 1200 GMT on Saturday, November 20, 2010, according to international reports. The airport was ordered closed at 1540 GMT on Friday, after a Cessna Citation 501 light aircraft from Belfast, hit the airport’s landing system antennae due to heavy fog. About 4,000 to 5,000 passengers were affected by the cancellation of 80 flights at the Birmingham airport, according to the airport’s chief executive. The plane was reportedly carrying a liver for transplant. Luckily, the organ was successfully delivered to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital by a police motorbike.

The injured 58-year old pilot was airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, while its lone companion, believed to be in his 30’s was taken to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

Passengers were advised to coordinate with their airlines for flight details as there will be a continuing disruption of flights. Some passengers were able to transfer flights by taking a bus to East Midlands Airport or Manchester Airport. The Birmingham airport expects to resume operations of the 110 flights scheduled on Saturday afternoon.

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