A London-bound British Airways aircraft caught fire just before taking off from Las Vegas on Tuesday, shooting flames from the side and forcing passengers to escape on emergency slides. Just before the jet was supposed to depart from the airport, billowing black smoke and orange flames were seen pouring from under the plane’s wings.
Consequently, panic was spread in all passengers as they hurried to get out of the aircraft and across the tarmac before about 50 firefighters doused the aircraft in minutes. McCarran International Airport spokesman, Chris Jones, has confirmed that a total of 159 passengers and 13 crew members aboard Flight 2276 were able to get off the plane without any serious injuries. Whereas, fire officials revealed that only 14 injured were shifted to the nearby Sunrise Hospital by early Tuesday evening. It was explained that they suffered minor injuries that were caused by sliding down the inflatable chutes to escape.
According to The Federal Aviation Administration, flights to Las Vegas were delayed for more than two hours after the fire in order to lessen the burden of planes on the runway as the disabled Boeing 777 made two of the airport’s four runways inaccessible. A passenger from Philadelphia, Reggie Bugmuncher, explained that she heard people saying “Oh, my God” and she looked out the window to see “bursts of flames coming out of the middle of the plane.” She alleged that “everyone ran to the windows and people were standing on their chairs, looking out, holding their breath with their hands over their mouths.”
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