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Boeing knocks into a building at OR Tambo

The British Airways plane reportedly hit its wing into a building at OR Tambo International.

The British Airways plane reportedly hit its wing into a building at OR Tambo International. Picture: @HarrietTolputt via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - A British Airways Boeing 747 hit its wing into into a two storey building at OR Tambo International Airport while taxiing before takeoff.

None of the 182 people on board the aircraft were hurt.

ACSA's Unathi Batyashe-Fillis says the people who were injured were ground staff.

"We know that there were people in the building at the time and four of them were injured. They sustained slight injuries and are fine."

Meanwhile, A man who saw the plane shortly after the incident occurred said he believes damage to the aircraft was extensive.

"About six metres of the wing tip of the aircraft literally sliced through the building for about 20 metres, which effectively cut the roof of the building."

British media are reporting all passengers were taken off the London-bound flight and spent the night at the airport.

In a statement, British Airways confirmed the plane was damaged while taxiing.

The airline says it's launched a full investigation into the incident and is also assisting the South African Civil Aviation Authority with its probe.

Head of media for Oxfam Charity, Harriet Tolputt, was on the aircraft and tweeted shortly after the incident.

BA plane crashes into building at J Burg airport. No one injured only the pilot's pride.

pic.twitter.com/zI2jpALDHi

BA plane crash. J burg pic.twitter.com/djTNGHLODL