So scary. A British Airways plane packed with passengers burst into flames on a Las Vegas runway just moments before it was set to take off on Sept. 8. The plane caught fire after a disastrous engine failure, and terrified travelers were forced to jump down inflatable slides and run for their lives.
Fourteen people were rushed to a hospital after a plane they were aboard burst into flames right before it was set to take off on Sept. 8. The British Airways flight bound for London Gatwick from Las Vegas allegedly caught fire after an engine failure, according to a report. The plane was packed with passengers, and said travelers were left running for their lives after escaping by jumping down inflatable slides.
While nothing about this tragic incident is positive, we’re happy to hear that those taken to the hospital had minor injuries. Most suffered from suspected smoke inhalation, according to the Daily Mail. There were 159 passengers and 13 crew members on the plane, a Boeing 777-220, when it allegedly experienced a left engine fire on takeoff, according to Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Pacific Division. The pilot was also “heard yelling ‘mayday’ and asking for ‘heavy fire services’ in a recorded transmission from air traffic control,” Daily Mail further claims.
Jacob Steinberg, who was on the flight, tweeted, “Just evacuated on a British Airways flight at Las Vegas airport after an engine caught fire. Don’t think anyone hurt. Was asleep as the plane took off. Came to a crashing halt. Smell of smoke. Initially told to stay seated, then shout of evacuate. Could smell and see smoke but was on other side of plane. One person said fire melted a couple of windows. They opened the back door and slide went down and smoke started coming in plane, followed by mad dash to front. A lot of panic.”
Video of the aftermath here pic.twitter.com/3Uxnmz0ltr
— Jacob Steinberg (@JacobSteinberg) September 9, 2015
Following the incident, a spokesperson for British Airways told the Daily Mail, “Safety is always our priority. We are looking after customers after an incident involving flight BA2276 due to travel from Las Vegas to London Gatwick Airport on September 8, 2015. British Airways will release more information as soon as possible.”
We hope those who were harmed have a speedy recovery.
— Chris Rogers