BA plane wing slices through building at JNB

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  1. MSYgirl

    MSYgirl Gold Member

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    A passenger jet's wing sliced through a building in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the middle of Sunday night.

    The British Airways flight to London smashed into the structure near the runway at O.R. Tambo International Airport while taxiing before takeoff, according to Harriet Tolputt, a spokesperson for Oxfam.

    She said no one aboard the flight appeared to be injured — only the pilot's pride. It was unclear whether anyone was in the building at the time.

    A British Airways representative told NBC News the flight's passengers were put up in a hotel for the night.
     
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    I was expecting to see their A380... :)
     
  3. blackjack-21

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    Was this the same aircraft that brought the lady who lost her job over her tweet shortly before she left on her trip to SA?

    Glad no one was hurt on board or on the ground, but it looks like that bird may not be flying for quite a while until the wing damage is repaired and there's a flight test. Flight deck crew may be off for a longer then expected rest!
     
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    Methinks the pilot should invest in a new pair of glasses! ;)
     
  5. blackjack-21

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    Four maintenance/cleaning staff were injured in an office of the building when the wing sliced into it. Seems strange that if the flight deck crew were following the marked center lines of the tarmac or taxiway that they'd get so close to the building. Perhaps they weren't pushed back far enough when leaving the gate before turning to continue to the runway. Has anyone heard any more as to what actually happened to cause this error?
     

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