As many as 170 passengers and crew of a British Airways jet to London had a miraculous escape on Tuesday, after they were successfully evacuated from their plane, which caught fire while leaving the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
The 275-seat flight 2276 “experienced a technical issue” around 4 pm, shortly before its take-off to Gatwick airport in the UK, British Airways said in a statement.
All the 157 passengers of the Boeing 777 were soon evacuated through emergency slides. About seven passengers have suffered minor injuries, according to a report from the McCarran International Airport.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority, and we are looking after those who were on board the BA2276 from Las Vegas to London Gatwick following an incident on Tuesday September 8, 2015,” a statement released by British Airways read.
Reports state that the fire broke out in the left engine.
Meanwhile, a spokesman from the aero-engine manufacturing company Rolls-Royce revealed to Reuters that the engines of the BA plane were not manufactured by them.
Friends and families of the passengers travelling in the BA flight 2276 can now make queries by dialing 1 800 654 3246 (US) or 0800 389 4191(UK).