British Airways flight 2276 en route to London’s Gatwick Airport on fire at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 08 September 2015. (BRADLEY HAMPTON/ TWITTER via EPA)
Smoke billowed and flames shot into the air after the engine of a London-bound British Airways jet caught fire on Tuesday as the plane was preparing to take off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
Chris Jones a spokesperson for the airport told the Associated Press that all 159 passengers and 13 crew members aboard flight 2276 bound for London’s Gatwick Airport made it off the plane. Fire officials told the news agency that 14 people suffered minor injuries from sliding down the inflatable chutes exiting the 275-seat Boeing 777-200. The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Pacific time.
“Pretty scary stuff,” passenger Jay Jennings who was onboard the plane and was one of the 14 injured told CNN. He said that as the plane was preparing to take off he heard a thud and lifted the shade to the window. “Just saw flames on the engine,” he said. After a minute of standing still, the captain said over intercom that there was an emergency and instructed the passengers to evacuate.
Jennings told CNN that after the emergency doors had opened, smoke flowed into the cabin and the flight attendants assisted passengers to safety.
Passengers on other flights and in the airport captured the dramatic scene.
“Oh, my God,” Reggie Bügmüncher said as looked at out the window at the fire, according to the AP. Bügmüncher was waiting at a gate for different flight when the fire erupted. “Everyone ran to the windows and people were standing on their chairs, looking out, holding their breath with their hands over their mouths,” he said.
According to officials interviewed by the AP, the left engine of the twin-engine plane caught fire but the fire didn’t appear to have breached the cabin. The cause is not yet known.
In this photo taken from the view of a plane window. (Eric Hays via AP)
In this photo provided by David Somers and taken from the view of a plane window. (David Somers via AP)
(Eric Hays via AP)
British Airways plane stands on runway surrounded by emergency vehicles. (L.E. BASKOWL.E. BASKOW/AFP/Getty Images)
Firefighters enter the plane. (John Locher/AP)
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