Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Gatwick-bound passengers sue over plane fire

Passengers who were on a British Airways plane bound for Gatwick Airport have filed a lawsuit after having to run from the flight when it caught fire.

The passengers are claiming the plane was "defective and unreasonably dangerous".

A blaze broke out on the Boeing 777-200 as it was about to depart an airport in Las Vegas for a 10-hour flight to London Gatwick on September 8.

Twenty-seven people, including all the crew, were treated for minor injuries which were mostly caused by escaping down emergency slides.

BA pilot Chris Henkey from Reading was hailed a hero for his actions in response to the emergency.

Chris Henkey was hailed a hero for his actions onboard the Boeing 777-200 Credit: ITV Meridian

A lawsuit has now been filed against GE Aviation and Boeing on behalf of 65 passengers, the majority of whom are British, who claim they suffered physical and emotional damage in the incident.

A US National Transportation Safety Board investigation found the engine of BA flight 2276 had "multiple breaches" in its casing. Among the claims in the lawsuit are that the plane was defective, the firms knew the parts were prone to "fracture and failure", and that GE Aviation had lobbied against stricter inspections of the engines before the fire.

A blaze broke out on the Boeing 777-200 as it was about to leave Las Vegas Credit: ITV Meridian

The lawsuit mentions a Federal Aviation Administration directive from 2011 warning of cracks in weld joints of compressor fan spools in similar engines. GE Aviation has said the engine affected had different parts, and claimed it is "among the most reliable jet engines in commercial aviation history". Neither Boeing nor GE Aviation has commented on the lawsuit.