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British Airways plane collides with building at Johannesburg airport

No injuries reported after plane's wing slices through two-storey brick building next to runway.

A British Airways plane bound for London crashed into a building at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa. Images from Twitter appear to show the plane was taxiing when one of its wings sliced through a brick building on the edge of the runway. Passengers on the plane reported on Twitter that no one had been hurt in Sunday night’s incident.

A spokesman for the airport confirmed the plane had been damaged and said all passengers were being taken off the flight to spend the night in a hotel and that the plane would not be departing.

Harriet Tolputt, the head of media for Oxfam, was on the flight when the collision occured. She wrote on Twitter: “BA plane crashes into building at J Burg airport. No one injured only the pilot’s pride. Not impressed that first class passengers get off before premium economy during an emergency.”

She told NBC News that the plane was taxiing when she heard very loud crash and saw the wing hit the building on the edge of the runway at OR Tambo International Airport.

British Airways said an investigation was underway into the incident.

“A British Airways Boeing 747 was damaged while taxiing at Johannesburg airport,” the airline said it an statement. Customers disembarked safely and were looked after by our staff. 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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