Birmingham crash jet was on donor mission

November 22: As we closed for business last Friday, a Cessna 501 Citation I/SP corporate jet (G-VUEM) crashed at Birmingham International Airport in the Midlands while trying to land in thick fog.
According to the Aviation Safety Network, the Citation hit the instrument landing system (ILS) glide path antennae and came come to rest about 130m off the southerly-facing runway. Both crew members survived the impact although one of the pilots condition is said to be “critical” by the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.
The aircraft was operated by the Frandley Aviation Partnership and was flying a liver organ for a transplant at Birmingham’s new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The organ was recovered and taken to the hospital where a successful transplant was made on a patient.
The BBC reports that an eye-witness said the Citation was “on fire” on coming in to land. Other media reports say that a member of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance team that attended the incident “entered the burning jet to cut its fuel supply” as the crew were trapped.
Flights in and out of Birmingham were cancelled or diverted until Saturday as a result of the crash.