Two men were recovering Saturday after their plane carrying a donor organ crashed in central England, police said.
The private two-seater Cessna crashed and caught fire while landing at Birmingham Airport on Friday, injuring the two men onboard.
As soon as the two men were "secure," the organ was retrieved and escorted by police to a nearby hospital, where doctors successfully carried out a liver transplant, West Midlands Police and the hospital said.
"The recipient is stable, as would be expected at this time," Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham said in a statement. "The transplant team would like to thank the pilot of the light aircraft and his colleague for their bravery. Our thoughts are with the individuals and their families. The team would also like to thank the quick-thinking of the fire and rescue teams at the scene who saved the organ."
Early information indicated the plane had a hard landing and subsequently caught fire, police said.