BA plane fire: Multiple breaches of engine case, investigators find

The left engine of the BA aircraft that caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas airport had "multiple breaches of the engine case", US air investigators have found.

157 passengers and 13 crew were forced to evacuate the plane.

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BA plane fire: US investigators say there were 'multiple breaches of the engine case'

The left engine of the BA aircraft that caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas airport had "multiple breaches of the engine case", US air investigators have reported.

The Gatwick-bound plane was carrying 157 passengers Credit: Ian Payne

In a preliminary report into the incident, the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said that examination of the plane's left engine revealed the breaches were “in the area around the high pressure compressor".

The report also said that material was recovered from the runway path the Boeing 777 had taken, including several pieces of the high pressure compressor spool.

Further Initial examinations had revealed that the "left engine and pylon, left fuselage structure and inboard left wing were substantially damaged by the fire"

The NTSB added that the flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder and quick access recorder were all now being downloaded for examination.


BA plane fire: 'Two emergency slides failed to deploy'

ITV News understands that two of the emergency slides at the rear of the BA plane that caught fire at Las Vegas airport failed to deploy properly.

172 people were forced to escape the flight on emergency slides when the fire broke out.

British Airways says the whole incident is being investigated by the US National Transportation Safety Board.

Partner of BA pilot who evacuated plane 'very proud'

The partner of the British Airways pilot whose plane burst into flames as it was preparing to take off from Las Vegas has said she is "very proud" and "grateful everyone is safe and sound".

Chris Henkey told evacuated passengers that the fire had been the result of "catastrophic engine failure". 172 people were forced to escape on emergency slides.

Lenka Nevolna said: "I'm very proud and grateful that everyone is safe and sound."

She added: "He rung as soon as it happened and asked me to let his daughter know as well. We are immensely proud of him, it's very overwhelming."


Passengers criticised over luggage in plane evacuation

Aviation experts have been alarmed at images of passengers clutching their hand baggage as they were evacuated from the burning British Airways plane in Las Vegas.

Passengers were evacuated from the plane onto the runway Credit: Ian Payne

A number of travellers stopped to get their suitcases, rucksacks and other bags from under their seats and in the overhead lockers before leaving the plane via the emergency chutes.

Aviation expert Julian Bray described the Las Vegas incident as a "textbook emergency evacuation" apart from passengers taking their bags with them.

The only downside is those pictures of people holding luggage. The last thing you should do is delay everybody else getting out alive by looking around for your own hand luggage and possibly opening the overhead bins to retrieve it.

– Julian Bray

Captain Brendan O'Neal, chairman of the British Airline Pilots' Association, said: "Failing to follow the instructions of the crew by stopping to collect luggage is extremely dangerous as it slows down the evacuation, could block aisles and prevent passengers getting off in time and could cause injuries."

BA apologises to passengers caught up in Las Vegas fire

British Airways has apologised to passengers caught up in a fire on a aircraft in Las Vegas.

In a letter to customers, the airline asked for their patience while the situation was dealt with.

"I am very sorry that you were involved in the incident at Las Vegas Airport today," the letter said.

"We do not underestimate how distressing the experience has been for you and we have a dedicated team of staff here to help you."

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