British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas

British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas

Written by Staff Writer

09 Sep, 2015 | 6:32 am

A British Airways plane bound for London has caught fire at Las Vegas airport, forcing the evacuation of all 172 on board on emergency slides.

McCarran International airport tweeted that two people “were transported for minor injuries”.US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor was quoted as saying that the plane’s left engine caught fire before take-off.

The plane was seen engulfed in flames and smoke. The fire was later put out. Flight 2276 – a Boeing 777-200 – was bound for London’s Gatwick airport.

There were 159 passengers and 13 crew members on board. McCarran airport said one runway was shut down, but three others continued to operate.

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