14 People Hospitalized After Plane Catches Fire at Las Vegas Airport: Reports
The British Airways plane caught fire on Tuesday afternoon at McCarran International Airport
At least 14 people were injured when a British Airways plane caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport on Tuesday.
The flight crew on the Boeing 777 headed for London’s Gatwick airport aborted takeoff at about 4 p.m. after a fire started in the left engine, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Some people were injured as they slid down the inflatable chutes used to evacuate the plane, and paramedics also evaluated others for respiratory distress, the Las Vegas Sun reports.
“It was frightening,” passenger Philip Fields, who was sitting by the engine, told the Sun. “I could see the flames through the window.”
A total of 159 passengers and 13 crew members were on board the plane and were safely evacuated within a few minutes and the fire was put out within five minutes of the call coming through to emergency services, CNN reports.
A fire official told CNN that 14 people were transported for medical care for “minor injuries.”