BA pilot to face tough questions

A Boeing 747’s wing hit a building at OR Tambo International leaving four ground staff slightly injured.

The right wing of the Boeing 747 crashed into a support services building while the aircraft was taxiing down the wrong taxiway on 22 December. Picture: IWITNESS.

JOHANNESBURG - The pilot of the British Airways plane that crashed into a building at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday as well as the air traffic controllers who may have led him down the wrong runway, will come under scrutiny by aviation authorities.

The right wing of the Boeing 747 crashed into a support services building while the aircraft was taxiing down the wrong taxiway on Sunday night.

The jumbo jet went down a taxiway that was too narrow to accommodate large aircrafts.

None of the passengers were hurt, but four ground handling employees who were in the building at the time sustained minor injuries.

British Airways says it will cooperate fully with a probe into the accident.

The company's pilot is expected to face tough questions from officials at the Civil Aviation Authority(CAA) who have been examining flight recorders and the site of the crash.

But the CAA is also expected to focus its investigation on the air traffic controllers on duty at the time.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says she's anxiously awaiting the outcome of the CAA's investigation.

Peters says the CAA must be given space to complete its probe.

"The CAA is busy with the investigation and once this has been concluded, they will be able to point us in the right direction on the cause of the particular incident."

In a statement, British Airways said passengers who were on board were provided with overnight accommodation and have since been transferred to alternate flights to London.