A passenger on board the BA jet - on fire as it left Las Vegas for Gatwick, gives his account of what happened.
Just in: video. taken from another aircraft, of the fire on board the Gatwick-based BA jet.
A British Airways plane bound for London has caught fire during take-off at Las Vegas airport, forcing 172 people to escape on emergency slides.
The pilot told evacuated passengers that the fire had been the result of "catastrophic engine failure".
A recording of the moment a British Airways flight issued a mayday call after catching fire has been made public.
A member of the crew is heard requesting help from fire service before saying they were evacuating passengers onto the runway.
Nearly six hundred thousand passengers are due to pass through Gatwick this Bank Holiday, making it a record breaker for the airport.
Meanwhile drivers expect to get stuck in delays this weekend - According to new research, August is the busiest month on the roads, with a fifth of the British public planning to travel during the Bank Holiday.
"Our record-breaking Bank Holiday figures show that competition is a great thing for passengers. In the short space of time since becoming independent, we have become an airport of choice offering more destinations than any other UK airport.
"Our long-haul destinations are growing fastest of the routes we serve and, with routes to Costa Rica and Peru - which will be the UK's only direct flights to Lima - and new services to Canada starting next year, Gatwick continues to show that it is well placed to meet the needs of travellers."
A passenger has been tasered by police on board an easyJet flight at Gatwick Airport.
It's reported the man suddenly became disruptive before the flight to Belfast took off.
Up to a thousand demonstrators are expected to gather in a field near Gatwick this weekend.
They're planning to reveal a one hundred foot sign protesting against proposals to change the airport's flight paths.
Gatwick has reported its busiest July ever, with 4.3 million passengers travelling through the airport last month alone.
It came during a month of disruption to ferries and Eurotunnel services caused by the crisis at Calais.
The good news comes as the airport has been brought under fire by the Advertising Standards Authority for the way it campaigned for a second runway.
The regulator says the airport misrepresented the effect a second runway would have on Heathrow in order to ensure a new runway at Gatwick.
It is also under the spotlight for asking passengers to display boarding passes so that airport shops can make savings, which are not then passed on to the customer.
The airport says it is not mandatory for passengers to show their boarding passes but they carry out the practice helps to make sure they can offer products customers desire.
An extra 260,000 people used the airport in July compared to the same month last year.
These results put us ten years ahead of the forecasts used by the Airports Commission to predict future air traffic movements.
Our growth in the last twelve months is actually more than the Commission concluded could be added at Gatwick in the first year of a new runway being operational here.
A flight has had to return to Gatwick after experience what the airport are describing as a 'technical issue'.
The flight, number EZY 8434 which was headed to Basel, Switzerland, landed back at Gatwick just after 3.30pm.
A major conference is underway on the recommendation to expand Heathrow Airport rather than Gatwick. Runways UK - which promotes airport expansion is examining the best use of existing resources before any new runway is built..
As our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports both major airports say they need to expand. And he's been looking at the impact of new runways at an airport in the USA which is more than three times the size of Heathrow.