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Cessna crashes next to airport's fire station.

BIRMINGHAM airport boss Paul Kehoe said an investigation into the crash had already started.

The incident had caused a major logistical challenge with long delays for air travellers, said Mr Kehoe, but he added that dealing with the crash and making the scene safe had been the main priority.

The aircraft hit an antenna in thick fog, which forms part of the Instrument Landing System (ILS), before crashing.

Mr Kehoe said: "The aircraft ended up 130 metres to the right-hand side of the runway in the grass about 600 metres down the runway.

"It came down adjacent to the fire station and they were on the scene immediately. Once the fire was put out the two survivors were taken out of the aircraft."

In 2002 five people died in a private jet as it crashed and exploded during take-off at Birmingham Airport. Five American executives were killed in the tragedy which was blamed on pilot error.

There were also two incidents in 2006 - A Mahan Air Airbus A310 operating a flight from Tehran, Iran, was involved in a serious incident while on approach to the airport, but nobody was hurt.

In June 2006, a TNT Airways cargo 737-300 made an emergency landing with damaged landing gear.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 20, 2010
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