Major tragedy averted after fire on British Airways flight
UPDATE: Engine fire on British Airways flight described by passengers
British Airways flight catches fire on McCarran runway (5PM)
McCarran official discusses fire on British Airways aircraft
Answers sought after plane catches fire before take-off
LAS VEGAS (NBC) - A British Airways jet was preparing to take off on a flight to London's Gatwick Airport when it caught fire Tuesday afternoon at McCarran International Airport.
The Boeing 777's emergency slides were deployed after the take-off was aborted, and the 157 passengers and 13 crew members on board made it off the plane safely and were bused to the terminal
"We received word 13 passengers who experienced minor injuries from the evacuation were transported to local hospitals," said Rosemary Vassiliadis, director of aviation for Clark County.
The airport said one runway was shut down but operations continued at the other three.
John Clausen, a deputy chief with the Clark County Fire Department, said the fire didn't appear to breach the cabin.
While the exact cause has not been determined, FAA officials say all signs point to a possible engine failure.
Boeing said it is aware of the incident and gathering more information.
British Airways statement:
"The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we are looking after those who were on board the BA2276 from Las Vegas to London Gatwick following an incident on Tuesday September 8, 2015.
"The aircraft, a 777-200 experienced a technical issue as it was preparing for take-off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
"Our crew evacuated the aircraft safely and the fire was quickly extinguished by the emergency services at the airport.
"157 customers were on board the flight, along with three pilots and 10 cabin crew. A small number of customers and our crew have been taken to hospital as a precaution.
"All customers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and our colleagues are helping them with anything further they require."
An apology letter from BA. It's 9.45pm in Las Vegas and we have just heard from a beleaguered tour guide. pic.twitter.com/eaLvk8l0Ws-- Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 9, 2015
Video of the aftermath here pic.twitter.com/3Uxnmz0ltr-- Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 9, 2015
Here's the ATC recording of #BA2276 KLAS-Twr1-Sep-08-2015-2300Z - Clyp https://t.co/QwMuE9nAhY-- Mickey (@Airsquad9) September 9, 2015
Phenmominal work crew of #BA2276 - its not easy to abort a take off on a 777. Nice job getting everyone out ...-- Carlinist (@Vainateya) September 9, 2015
The pilot looked pretty shook up to be honest. Has been flying for years, don't think he had ever seen anything like that-- Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 9, 2015