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09 Sep 2015
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BA jet catches fire on Las Vegas runway

A British Airways Boeing 777 plane heading to London from Las Vegas was evacuated on the runway after one of its engines caught fire.

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The flight to the US city’s McCarran airport to Gatwick was carrying 170 people – 13 of whom were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

 

One passenger on board, Jacob Steinberg, tweeted: “Just evacuated on a British Airways flight at Las Vegas airport after an engine caught fire. Don’t think anyone hurt.

 

“Was asleep as the plane took off. Came to a crashing halt. Smell of smoke. Initially told to stay seated, then shout of evacuate.”

 

BA said: "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."

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