Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the plane's left engine caught fire Tuesday afternoon. Billowing black smoke and orange flames could be seen pouring from the plane's wings before about 50 firefighters quickly doused the aircraft.
McCarran International Airport spokesman Chris Jones says the 159 passengers and 13 crew members on the British Airways flight had gotten off the plane. The airport reported via its official Twitter account that two passengers were taken to a hospital for minor injuries. The airport reported one runway was shut down, but operations continued at its other three runways.
Just landed in Vegas to see this...plane on fire on the Tarmac...people still onboard and running off! pic.twitter.com/ul10hFFw9j— David L. Somers (@DL_Somers) September 8, 2015
Clark County Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen says the cause of the fire isn't clear yet. He says it didn't appear to breach the cabin.
The Boeing 777-200 was bound for Gatwick Airport near London.
Las Vegas Airport. Plane caught on fire on landing. pic.twitter.com/18I5j57yd3— Kacie Nice (@kacienice) September 8, 2015
UPDATE 4:22 PM -- Incident @LASairport involved British Airways outbound flight 2276, bound for London Gatwick. Fire has been put out.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) September 8, 2015
UPDATE 4:22 PM No known injuries and all passengers are off of the aircraft awaiting buses to the terminal. Aircraft was 275-seat B777-200.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) September 8, 2015
UPDATE 4:33 PM -- There were 159 passengers and 13 crew on the flight. Two were transported for minor injuries.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) September 8, 2015