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British Airways Comair plane crash lands after wheel collapse at Johannesburg airport


A British Airways flight bound for Houston was diverted

A British Airways flight bound for Houston was diverted

A British Airways flight bound for Houston was diverted

British Airways Comair flight number BA6234 from Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, to Johannesburg in South Africa has crash landed following a wheel collapse.

The Sunday World reported that emergency services said the undercarriage of the Boeing 747 collapsed after landing.

The plane, carrying 94 passengers and six crew members, had been travelling from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to OR Tambo International airport on Monday morning when the incident happened during landing.

All passengers disembarked safely and were bussed to the airport terminal.

The aircraft was then reportedly towed from the runway towards a hangar.

Traveller24 reports that passenger Warren Mann told them how the pilot informed those on board shortly before landing that the "left landing gear had broken off".

He added: "This caused the plane to hit the runway at an angle. We could see sparks as the left wing and the engines were scraped across the runway. The wing seemed completely broken off."

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"Flight from PE to Johannesburg had massive landing gear failure and engine caught fire,” wrote Renaldo Gouws, whose friend was on the flight.

"Everyone seems to be fine. They are being rescued from the plane as we speak."

A spokesman for Comair said; "British Airways' (operated by Comair) BA6234 a 10:35 departure from Port Elizabeth, with 6 Crew and 94 Passengers on board, was involved in an incident on landing at OR Tambo International Airport just after 12pm today

"We can confirm that all passengers and crew safely disembarked with no reported injuries. Passengers have been taken to the terminal building where staff are on hand.

"Comair and the relevant authorities will be conducting the necessary investigation over the coming days and weeks.

"As soon we have more information on hand we will be releasing it to the media."

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