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Air France Plane Hits Congo Building With No Injuries

LEON MOUKOURI   07/30/09 01:32 PM ET   AP

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BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo — An Air France Airbus 330 carrying 168 passengers hit a building after landing in Congo's capital, but no one was hurt, an aviation official said Thursday.

Emile Ouosso, minister of transportation and civil aviation, said the Airbus 330 landed at Brazzaville's Maya-Maya airport on Wednesday night and that one of its wings then hit a building. The plane, which flew from Paris, was evacuated and is now flying back to Paris without passengers to be examined, Ouosso said.

Air France spokesman Cedric Leurquin said the plane's wing only scraped the building while it was taxiing on the runway.

"It was a very minor incident," he said. "The plane was going no faster than a man walking on the ground, and it was only the extreme end of the wing that scraped the building."

Air France said that none of the passengers were hurt.

Another Air France Airbus 330 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, killing all 228 people onboard.

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