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British Airways plane collides into a building at Johannesburg Airport

The airline has stated that all passengers disembarked safely.

Screengrab from Sky News shows the wing of the plane slicing into the building at the airport.
Screengrab from Sky News shows the wing of the plane slicing into the building at the airport.
Image: Screengrab Sky News

A BRITISH AIRWAYS plane crashed into a building at Johannesburg Airport in South Africa overnight.

The Boeing 747-400 en route for London Heathrow Airport took a runway that was too narrow for the plane, said South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu.

“This resulted in the aircraft’s right-hand wing impacting the office building,” she said.

Runway

The control tower “told them to take one taxiway and they took another one. They took a wrong one,” said Gwebu.

Four people inside the building were lightly injured, but the 185 passengers and 17 crew on board were unharmed during the late-night accident, according to the CAA.

“Four ground-handling employees who were in the building at the time experienced minor injuries,” Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said in a statement.

A photo taken by a passenger from the cabin, shown on Sky News, showed the aircraft’s giant wing wedged into a quarter of the length of the small building.

The airline tweeted this message in relation to the incident:

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(Twitter/@British_Airways)

Additional reporting - © AFP, 2013

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