On September 8, at the Las Vegas McCarren airport, fire erupted from a plane just moments before take off. According to sources, there were 159 passengers and 13 crew members aboard the British Airways flight when the flight was aborted. Smoke could be seen for miles and billowed from the aircraft as the crew assisted in the evacuation, during which two people were transported for minor injuries. According to 3 News, the passengers had to use the emergency slides to deplane, and the crew had everyone off within 3 minutes of the start of the fire.
At the time of this report, one of the four runways was shut down while investigators learned what happened to the B-777-200, just moments before departing to London Gatwick. According to WSB-TV 2, the plane caught fire just after 4 p.m. local time. First responders were able to get the fire under control and put out by 4:22 p.m. PST, according to Las Vegas airport officials. Due to its position on the runway, no other planes or passengers were in any type of danger. The passengers had to be transported back to the terminal on buses.
All 159 passengers and 13 crew members escaped the plane that some how caught fire at the Las Vegas airport today around 4 p.m. PST, just moments before departing to London. There were only two people treated for minor injuries. The fire was put out within 25 minutes and one of the four runways remains shut down.
By Jireh Gibson
Edited By Leigh Haugh
3 News: 2 Injured After Fire on British Airways Flight at McCarren
WSB-TV 2: Passengers Evacuate Fire-Engulfed Plane on Las Vegas Runway