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182 pax?? Wow, that is a very light load. Wonder if we will have the same armchair experts as we did when the A380 hit the CRJ a few years ago and "you should always know where your wingtips are"...

 

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Well, you should always know where your wingtips are, but first you should know where your aircraft is! They entered wrong taxiway despite very clear caution text in taxi briefing chart.

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Haha damn right, you should always know where your wingtips are! I feel sorry for the crew but this wasn't in low visibility... They tore though a building, thankfully with only minor injury to a few inside.

 

Not wanting to dramatise but those wings are full of fuel..

 

I always say it but imagine if an African airline tore through a building at Heathrow in CAVOK. I guess we are just human at the end of the day.

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Well, having been to Joburg a few times, I can tell you markings were not the best and the light was very poor. It is a big airport. If they believed they were in the correct taxiway (which would have been certified for 747 ops) I daresay they would not have had many concerns regarding wingtip clearance.

 

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Agree, maybe markings are not so good and light is poor, but when you read: "Pilots have to exercise CAUTION when taxiing on TWY B as the Apron M extends immediately South of TWY B." that's a very good reason to pay extra attention in that area.

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Anyone who works hard enough to get into the left/right seat of a BA 747 gets my complete respect. Just complacency will bite you in the a** the second you lose focus. These guys probably operated out of Joburg countless time.

 

Happy to hear the injuries where minor, a 747 wingtip to the face would not be pretty :/

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Seeing that damage there is a very good chance that aircraft never makes it out of South Africa ever again. Not worth it to repair it, just retire it and let the local scrap collectors at it. 

 

Perhaps one of our members in South Africa could salvage that flight deck to make a pretty sweet home cockpit?

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Yeah, I saw those earlier. That wing was full of fuel taking out half a building made of steel and concrete.

 

@Mathew, no way that aircraft is getting repaired, sadly the end for that machine. BA have a bunch of 744's sitting in the desert, the cost to repair that is not worth it.

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That should buff right out..

 

Edit: Darn it.. I just read the rest of the thread. Someone beat me to the "Buff right out" joke... :lol:

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"But,for the grace of God,go I." feel for the crew, they will be doing the dreaded carpet dance,with no tea or biscuits.

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That should buff right out..

 

Edit: Darn it.. I just read the rest of the thread. Someone beat me to the "Buff right out" joke... :lol:

 

Well, there is still an opening for coming up with some witty comment about getting out of Africa with a wing and a prayer...

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For those interesting in Jburg and this incident...a very good video, you can actually see where the 747 missed the turn....taxying at night in a sea of lights is NOT a nice thing to do. My old famils in towers ended up in headaches just with the sea of lights...Jburg is no different, but it is a BIG airport, lights always appeared to be sparse, and no centre lights either!

 

http://youtu.be/iZ3LQuwZv-8

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I noticed that at the correct left turn off, they had added a series of really bright centerline lights just for the turn, and that the edge lights going straight ahead (towards the impacted building) have non-standard colors...

 

...which means that ops knew long ago that this turn was critical.

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