Fires News

(USA Today) – British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas; put out with two minor injuries

Firefighters enter a plane that caught fire at McCarran International Airport Tuesday in Las Vegas. (Photo: John Locher, AP)

Fire broke out Tuesday on a British Airways flight at the Las Vegas airport, but it was put out with only a couple of minor injuries, according to McCarran International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a statement saying the plane’s left engine caught fire and the crew aborted its takeoff. Passengers exited using the emergency slides and were awaiting buses back to the terminal.

Flight 2276 – a Boeing 777-200 with 275 seats – was scheduled to take off about 4 p.m. Pacific time, bound for London’s Gatwick Airport when the incident happened, according to the airport’s Twitter feed.

The fire was put out by 4:22 p.m., according to the airport. By that point, all passengers were off the plane and awaiting buses to the terminal, the airport said.

Witness Paul Berberian, who shot a video of the plane, told CNN, “The whole thing kind of played out in the course of just a few minutes.”

The plane was carrying 159 passengers and 13 crew members, and two were transported for minor injuries, the airport said.


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Crash Disasters News

(reuters) – At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains

Rescue teams in Colorado were working to recover the bodies of at least four people who died in a small plane crash in a rugged area of the Rocky Mountains, federal and local officials said on Monday.

The twin-engine Cessna 310-H went down around 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday in a remote section of the San Juan Mountains, part of the Rocky Mountain range, the National Transportation Board said.  NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the agency had reports that five people on board had died.

The San Juan Sheriff’s office said at least four people were killed.

Rescue teams from the Colorado National Guard and San Juan County had spotted the wreckage and were working to recover the bodies from the remote, mountainous area above the town of Silverton, in southwestern Colorado.

The Denver Post reported the crash site was at an elevation of about 11,600 feet (3,536 meters).

An NTSB investigator was due to arrive at the scene on Monday, Knudson said.It was not yet known where the plane had originated or its final destination.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Source: At least four people dead in small plane crash in Colorado mountains | Reuters