Yesterday night, two pilots intended to transport a donation liver in a light aircraft from Belfast International Airport and crashed when they tried to land the machine at Birmingham Airport.
Due to foggy conditions, the Cessna first underwent a turbulent crash lending and afterwards its wreckage caught fire.
Nevertheless, one of the pilots of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) immediately prevented the fuel connections from nourishing the fire in the jet and saved the donated organ. The liver is reported to have safely arrived at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has been used to save a life after succesfull transplantation.
One of the pilots of the jet suffers from major injuries after he has been trapped in the wreckage post accidental. His colleague has not been severely injured and managed to safe his colleague's and a patient's lives.
A WNAA spokesperson explained: "The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance pilot bravely entered the burning wreckage, using his aviation and technical knowledge to locate and cut the fuel supply to the engine and make the patient more accessible to the Fire Service."
The West Midlands Police confirmed that the donated liver arrived at the targeted destination. A spokesperson expresses: "We were able very quickly - with the transplant service - to escort the ambulance from here to the hospital the organ was going to."
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