Johannesburg, 23 December 2013 – Airports Company South
Africa has confirmed that British Airways (BA) aircraft BA034, collided with a
building at O.R. Tambo International on Sunday 22 December at approximately
22:40. The Boeing 747 – 400 en route to Heathrow Airport in London, damaged one
of its wings, resulting in damage to both the aircraft and the building.
According to Airports Company South Africa, the aircraft carrying
approximately 180 passengers was taxing on one of the airports taxiways
preparing for departure from RWY03L when the incident occurred.
No injuries were reported on board the plane, although four ground-handling
employees who were in the building at the time experienced minor injuries. BA
has accommodated all passengers at a nearby hotel.
The aircraft has since been moved to a remote location and operations have
not been disrupted as a result of the incident.
Airports Company South Africa said the incident will be investigated and
further enquiries should be forwarded to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as
they have taken over the process.
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Airports Company South Africa Spokesperson
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