British Airways Plane Crashes Into Building at Johannesburg Airport

December 22, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A British Airways plane bound for London couldn’t manage to take off, crashing into a building at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa.

No injuries happened because of the crash, which took about 20 meters off the top story of the building with a wing, witnesses said.

A spokesman told the Telegraph that all passengers were taken to spend the night in a hotel.

Harriet Tolputt, the head of media for Oxfam, was on the flight.

“No one injured only the pilot’s pride,” she said via Twitter. “Not impressed that first class passengers get off before premium economy during an emergency.”

“Just taxiing along and boom,” added John Hart. “I thought the building looked close.”

British Airways later emailed the following statement:

“British Airways Boeing 747 was damaged while taxiing at Johannesburg airport. The 182 customers disembarked safely and there were no reported injuries onboard the aircraft. Customers were looked after by our staff and provided with hotel accommodation and we are arranging alternative flights for them. We have launched a full investigation into the incident and are giving our assistance to the independent South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) with the matter.”


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