​Jet Wing Hits Building At Johannesburg’s Main Airport

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December 24, 2013

A jet wing belonging to British Airways hits a building carrying 202 passengers and crew. The wing sliced into an office building at Johannesburg’s main airport after following the wrong taxiway prior to takeoff for London.

The Boeing Co. 747-400, with a wingspan of 64 metres, had been instructed to use taxiway B but followed the narrower taxiway M, causing it to hit the offices, where the injuries were caused by debris from the building, South Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority said in a statement today.

The incident left the London-bound passengers stranded, with some saying they still don’t know what’s going on. However, British Airways says it has sufficient space on its flights departing from Johannesburg today for all of the passengers. It says most passengers were bussed to hotels late last night and are being taken care of today.

One passenger says there’s been very little correspondence about the crash.

“No communications, there’s a total lack of it. They haven’t told us what’s going on.”

Two men also said that the crew on board the plane seemed panicked and confused after the incident.

They said they also couldn’t hear what the crew was announcing over the “very old” aircraft’s PA system.

The airline says it will be cooperating with an independent investigation by the SA Civil Aviation Authority and it’s also launched its own probe.