British Airways (London) flight BA 2276 from Las Vegas (LAS) to London (Gatwick) (LGW) with 157 passengers and 13 crew members on board and operated with Boeing 777-236 ER G-VIIO (msn 29320) aborted its takeoff at LAS at 4:13 p.m. local time (September 8) when the left engine caught on fire. The passengers and crew members evacuated the aircraft on the runway.
The incident closed runway 7L at McCarran International Airport until 0001 am this morning.
The media is now reporting 20 people were injured.
British Airways issued this statement on Twitter:
We are continuing to care for the 157 customers who were involved in the incident with flight BA2276 from Las Vegas to London Gatwick on Tuesday 8 September 2015.
All customers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and our colleagues are helping them with anything further they require.
Customers who were taken to hospital have all been released following care and treatment. The National Transportation Safety Board in the US is conducting an investigation into the incident and we will give them our fullest support.
The safety of our customers and crew are always our top priorities, and all of our other flights are continuing to operate as normal.
If friends or family of customers who were on board BA2276 have any concerns they can contact British Airways on the following numbers:
From the US: 1 800 654 3246
From the UK: 0800 389 4191
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) today issued this short statement on Twitter:
NTSB (is) sending (a) team of three investigators to British Airways 777 engine fire that occurred in Las Vegas yesterday.
Twitter photo by CastroBelRico.
Copyright Photo Below: Terry Wade/AirlinersGallery.com. G-VIIO returns to the LGW base prior to the accident.