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British Airways plane crashes into building at Johannesburg airport

Boeing 747 passenger aircraft has accident during takeoff taxiing, with wing penetrating an airport building.
A picture released on Twitter shows the wing of a British Airways plane hitting an office building from a runway at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Sean Durkan / AFP
A picture released on Twitter shows the wing of a British Airways plane hitting an office building from a runway at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Sean Durkan / AFP

JOHANNESBURG // Four airport staff were slightly injured when the wing of a British Airways passenger aircraft clipped a building at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport shortly before taking off for London, South African airport officials say.

The Airports Company South Africa said on Monday that none of the 180 passengers on board was injured in the accident which occurred late on Sunday night.

The Boeing 747-400 was taxiing on one of the airport’s taxiways preparing for take-off when the accident occurred.

An ACSA spokeswoman said the aircraft has since been moved to a remote location and that operations had not been disrupted as a result of the incident, the cause of which was being investigated by the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

* Associated Press

Updated: December 23, 2013 04:00 AM

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