British Airways 777 Engine Fire On Takeoff At Las Vegas


Two passengers suffered minor injuries after a British Airways aircraft caught fire at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport on Wednesday. The flight crew aborted the takeoff after the left engine apparently caught fire. The 159 passengers and 13 crew on the Boeing 777 evacuated on the runway using the slides. The aircraft was taking off for Gatwick Airport about 4 p.m. local time when the incident occurred.

The aircraft appears to have been heavily damaged by the fire and the runway was closed. Operations continued on three other runways. The two injured passengers were taken to the hospital but they were not believed to be seriously hurt.