BA airplane wing strikes Johannesburg airport building

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JOHANNESBURG: A British Airways airplane carrying 202 people struck an office building at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport with its wing while taxiing for take-off on Sunday (Monday in Manila), slightly injuring four, aviation authorities said. The Boeing 747-400 en route for London Heathrow Airport took a runway that was too narrow for the plane, said South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu on Monday. “This resulted in the aircraft’s right-hand wing impacting the office building,” she told Agence France-Presse. The control tower “told them to take one taxiway and they took another one. They took a wrong one,” said Gwebu. Four people inside the building were lightly injured, but the 185 passengers and 17 crew on board were unharmed during the late-night accident, according to the CAA.

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