OR Tambo flights unaffected after BA plane hits building

2013-12-23 09:30
Johannesburg - A British Airways flight bound for London clipped its wing into a building at OR Tambo International on Sunday evening, Airports Company South Africa has confirmed.

Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) confirmed that British Airways (BA) aircraft BA034, collided with a building at OR Tambo International at approximately 22:40 on Sunday evening.

Four ground-handling employees who were in the building at the time experienced minor injuries and no injuries were reported on board the plane.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed its Boeing 747 was damaged while taxiing at Johannesburg airport, with 182 passengers on board.

The airline said all passengers were disembarked safely and there were no reported injuries on board the aircraft. Passengers were taken to a hotel for the night and the airline is arranging alternative flights for them.

Images from Twitter appear to show the plane was taxiing when one of its wings sliced through a brick building on the edge of the runway.

Acsa confirmed the aircraft has since been moved to a remote location and operations have not been disrupted as a result of the incident.

BA said it is launching an investigation into the incident and is giving full assistance to the independent South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) with the matter. Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) with the matter.

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