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What happened to BA Flight 2276?

Video report by Joel Hills, ITV News Business Editor

BA 2276 was scheduled to take off from runway 7 at 4:05pm local time.

The Boeing 777 is thought to have reached a speed of around 90mph when the decision to abort was taken.

That's fast but nowhere near take-off speed of 180 mph.

At 4:13 the captain made a mayday call to air traffic control requesting fire crews. Less than a minute later he called again confirming the aircraft was being evacuated.

By 4:18 the plane was empty and the fire was out.

Passengers have spent the last twenty four hours praising the professional response of the airline's pilots and cabin crew.

In many ways this was a textbook escape, but it was also a lucky one.

A journalist for the Guardian who was on the aircraft reports that the captain, Chris Henkey, later told passengers there'd been a "catastrophic failure of the engine."

He was also overheard saying the flight was "seconds from 'game over'".

The Boeing 777 was powered by two GE90 engines built by GE Aviation.

The company says the GE90 is installed on more than 900 Boeing 777 and is one of the world's most reliable engines.

The investigation by the National Transportation Board will begin shortly.

The aim will be to establish the cause of the accident but there's bound to also be an examination of the way in which the aircraft was evacuated.

ITV News has been told that two of the emergency slides failed to deploy. Some passengers also left the aircraft carrying their luggage, ignoring or oblivious to safety instructions to leave everything behind.

Flight BA 2276 wasn't full. Had it been, things may have worked out very differently.

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