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British Airways Plane Strikes Office Building at Johannesburg Airport

World | December 23, 2013, Monday // 17:29| Views: 867 | Comments: 2
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A British Airways plane with 202 people on board struck an office building while preparing to take off from the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.

The Boeing 747 was taxiing before takeoff for London's Heathrow Airport when its right wing hit the building, injuring four people inside, according to reports of the BBC News.

South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority said the aircraft had taken a taxiway that was too narrow for it.

The crew had been instructed to take one taxiway but they had taken a smaller one instead.

None of the people on board the plane was hurt, but the ground staff in the building suffered slight injuries.

In a media statement to the BBC, British Airways said that it had provided hotel accommodation for all of the 182 passengers and alternative flights were being arranged for them.

BA also informed that an investigation was underway and that it would assist the South African Civil Aviation Authority in the probe.

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EuroBoy - 24 Dec 2013 // 10:25:10

The airport name is OR Tambo, not Jan Smuts. And the air traffic control staff were very clear in their instructions to the British pilot, to take a specific way and the pilot took another. This is what the flight recording revealed after investigation, so no one hurt other than the pilots pride.

greenleader - 24 Dec 2013 // 08:56:29

JNB, Jan Smuts Int airport is very busy and I guess Air Traffic Control (Ground Control) could not have been very clear with instructions. I guess it was also night time when it would be difficult for the pilots to adjust their vision for width.

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