Photos British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas

A thick plume of black smoke poured from the plane's engine

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A thick plume of black smoke poured from the plane's engine

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A British Airways plane bound for London has caught fire at Las Vegas airport, forcing the evacuation of 172 people on board on emergency slides.

Airport officials said at least 13 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the left engine of the Boeing 777-200 caught fire before take-off.

The view of a plane window, smoke billows out from a plane that caught fire at McCarren International Airport, 8 September 2015


The plane was seen engulfed in flames and smoke. The fire was later put out.

In a distress call the plane's captain asked for the airport's emergency services: "Speedbird Mayday Mayday. Speedbird 2276 request fire services."

"Speedbird 2276 heavy, we are evacuating on the runway. We have a fire, repeat, we are evacuating," he adds.

The plane on fire 09 September 2015

The pilot later told passengers that the accident was the result of a "catastrophic failure of the engine", reports the Guardian's Jacob Steinberg, who was onboard the plane.

"We looked out the window and for the first time saw smoke near the wing. We could smell it. It was like burning rubber - bitter and deeply unpleasant - and it was time to panic".

The plane stands on runway surrounded by emergency vehicles at McCarran International Airport following a fire onboard on 8 September 2015


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