BA plane clips building at OR Tambo

2013-12-23 08:24
Johannesburg - A British Airways flight bound for London has veered off the runway, crashing into a building at OR Tambo International on Sunday evening.

A British Airways spokesperson confirmed a 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.

Airports Company South Africa (Asca) has not confirmed if other flights have been affected.

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.


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