A British Airways 747-400 with 185 passengers and 17 crew followed the wrong taxiway at Johannesburg’s main airport, prior to take-off for London. The pilots had been instructed to use taxiway B but followed a much narrower taxiway M. As a result, its wing sliced into an office building. Debris from the building injured four people on the ground. No one aboard was hurt. All passengers evacuated via slides.
A kerosene spill from the fully fuelled jumbo was contained by the airport fire services.
The 747 has been removed from the office block and its flight recorders recovered for analysis under superviosion of three investigators from the South African CAA
After the Johannesburg impact, Harriet Tolputt, head of media for development charity Oxfam, who was on the plane, posted the first photo above. She said on Twitter that no one was injured, “only the pilot’s pride.”