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British Airways aircraft catches fire on Las Vegas runway

Source: AP

A British Airways flight bound for London caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas airport, forcing an emergency evacuation.

All 172 passengers and crew left the Boeing 777 on emergency slides with 14 people reportedly taken to hospital for minor injuries.

The incident has caused knock-on delays and passengers have been advised to check the status of their flight before they travel

British Airways said flight 2276, which was bound for London Gatwick, suffered a technical difficulty.

“Our crew evacuated the aircraft safely and the fire was quickly extinguished by the emergency services at the airport," a British Airways spokeswoman said.

The pilot is understood to have told passengers that the aircraft suffered "catastrophic engine failure".

Photo: Twitter/@DL_Somers

The BBC reports that in a distress call the plane's captain asked for the airport's emergency services: "Speedbird Mayday Mayday. Speedbird 2276 request fire services."

"Speedbird 2276 heavy, we are evacuating on the runway. We have a fire, repeat, we are evacuating," he added.

BA set up emergency phone lines for friends or family on 0800 389 4191 in the UK and 1 800 654 3246 from the US.

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