Two passengers suffered minor injuries after a British Airways aircraft caught fire at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport on Wednesday. The flight crew aborted the takeoff after the left engine apparently caught fire. The 159 passengers and 13 crew on the Boeing 777 evacuated on the runway using the slides. The aircraft was taking off for Gatwick Airport about 4 p.m. local time when the incident occurred.
The NTSB released its preliminary report Thursday and said parts of the left GE90-85B engine were found on the runway along the takeoff path and “initial examination of the left engine revealed multiple breaches of the engine case in the area around the high pressure compressor,” the release said. Few passengers minor injuries during the evacuation process but nothing serious. NTSB meanwhile is busy with the investigation into the event and says the engine will be torn down.
Capt. Chris Henkey, 63 who had only one flight left before his retirement appears to be a taken an early retirement as he told NBC that he is finished flying. It was his first life threating experience in 42 years of aviation career. He declined to discuss any details of the incident as he is awaiting to be interviewed by the investigators.