British Airways flight catches fire at McCarran Airport in US

9 September 2015 (Last Updated September 9th, 2015 06:50)

A British Airways flight, preparing for takeoff from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, US, caught fire, resulting in an emergency evacuation of the passengers.

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A British Airways flight, preparing for takeoff from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, US, caught fire, resulting in an emergency evacuation of the passengers.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was scheduled to fly to London Gatwick Airport on Tuesday with 157 passengers, three pilots and ten cabin crew.

Around 14 passengers who were injured in the incident are being treated in a local hospital.

The fire was caused due to the failure of the left engine while the plane was increasing its speed to takeoff.

"We cannot express enough gratitude to the emergency response crews, as well as the British Airways crew."

The passengers were safely evacuated and the fire put out within five minutes by around 50 firefighters.

An airport spokeswoman was quoted by the Guardian as saying: "All passengers were evacuated quickly and safely and taken by bus to the terminal.

"We cannot express enough gratitude to the emergency response crews, as well as the British Airways crew."

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating into the cause of the fire in the aircraft that is powered by General Electric engines.

The runway was temporarily closed but the remaining three runways operated normally.

British Airways said in a statement that the passengers have been provided with hotel accommodation.

The incident comes a few weeks after Dublin airport was closed due a major fire in one of its hangars. Rome's Fiumicino Airport was closed in May due a similar fire incident on its premises.

In 2013, an empty Boeing 787 Dreamliner owned by Ethiopian Airlines was severely damaged in fire due to a short circuit in a lithium battery.


Image: A fleet of British Airways planes. Photo: courtesy of British Airways.