British Airways Jumbo Jet Wing Slams into Airport building

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British Airways Jumbo Jet Wing Slams into Airport building

Post by Raza_Ali » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:41 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The wing of a British Airways Boeing 747 crashed into a Johannesburg airport building, slightly injuring four ground staff.

The accident at Johannesburg's OR Tambo airport late Sunday night was caused by the plane using the wrong taxi way which was too narrow for the passenger jet, the South African Civil Aviation Authority said Monday.

Air traffic control had instructed the crew of the British Airways Boeing 747-400 departing for London to use a specific taxi way, said SACAA spokeswoman Phindiwe Gwebu in a statement. However, the plane traveled on a different taxi way that was narrower.

This resulted in the plane's wing clipping a building behind the SAA technical hangars, she said.

Four ground-handling staff in the building sustained minor injuries when they were hit by debris after the aircraft's wing struck the building.

"The 17 crew and 185 passengers who were in the aircraft escaped unharmed and were evacuated," said Gwebu.

She said there was fuel spillage, but that this was contained by the airport's fire services.

Investigators witnessed the recovery of the aircraft, and the removal of the flight recorder, she said.

"The investigation continues," said Gwebu.

The aircraft was moved to a remote location and airport operations had not been disrupted by the accident, she said.

Source: Yahoo News


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Re: British Airways Jumbo Jet Wing Slams into Airport buildi

Post by haroon_ek » Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:56 pm

Two things come in mind after reading this news:

1) How strong those wings are, that just shows their strength......

2) Mistakes do happen everywhere, but still in what state the pilots were? Even one of them didn't look at warning sign etc.?

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Re: British Airways Jumbo Jet Wing Slams into Airport buildi

Post by umar744 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:14 pm

Same like B747 cannot go old taxi through old Lahore airport from old runway in 1969 to 1989