British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas, several injured
Sept.9, London: A British Airways jet caught fire on Tuesday as it was preparing to take off from Las Vegas airport, forcing to evacuation of all 172 people on board on emergency slides.
At least 14 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, airport officials said.
US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the left engine of the Boeing 777-200 caught fire before take-off.
The plane was seen engulfed in flames and smoke. The fire was later put out said in a statement by British Airways.
It said that the aircraft "experienced a technical issue as it was preparing for take-off".
In a distress call the plane's captain asked for the airport's emergency services: "Speedbird Mayday Mayday. Speedbird 2276 request fire services."
The Oslo Times