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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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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."

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