Witness tweets that majority of injured had cuts or bruises after going down slides
Fire department says 14 people were injured
A left engine fire prompted the crew to abort takeoff, the FAA says
A majority of the injuries came as passengers slid down the inflatable chutes to evacuate the Boeing 777, Clark County Fire Department Deputy Chief Jon Klassen said.
The incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. (7 p.m. ET) and involved British Airways Flight 2276, which was bound for London’s Gatwick Airport, according to the McCarran International Airport’s Twitter feed.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the aircraft’s left engine caught fire, prompting the crew to abort the takeoff.
The flight had 159 passengers and 13 crew members aboard.
Photos at one point showed large plumes of black smoke engulfing the aircraft. That’s what Bradley Hampton saw from the plane he was on, about 200 to 300 yards away.
Hampton told CNN that he didn’t know whether any passengers were on the British Airways jet — until “all of a sudden, we saw the doors fly open and the slides inflate.”
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“At that time, we saw droves of people jumping out of a slide and running across the runway away from the plane,” he said.
One of the passengers evacuating was Jacob Steinberg, a sports writer with the Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. He tweeted that a few people had cuts or bruises from the emergency slide.
He also said people shouldn’t criticize passengers who took their carry-on luggage with them during the evacuation.
Paul Berberian, who had just landed on a flight from Denver, expressed admiration at how quickly everyone moved.
“It was like seconds, it was incredibly efficient,” Berberian told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “As soon as the slides popped, five seconds later people were just flying down … and running away.”
Berberian estimated that small vehicles were on site within about 90 seconds and larger fire trucks within two minutes. The airport tweeted that the fire was out and all passengers were off the plane by 4:18 p.m. — just five minutes after the first call came in.
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“Three large fire trucks, they were just dousing that side of the aircraft with water to put out the fire,” Berberian said “It was very quick.”
Hampton said that his own plane, as well as others, “were completely at a standstill” …Read More