LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — A tent has been erected over a fire-damaged British Airways jetliner parked for nearly five months at McCarran International Airport.
The Boeing 777-200 caught fire Sept. 8, 2015, just before an attempted takeoff as the London-bound flight caught fire, forcing the evacuation of 170 people on board on emergency slides.
Airport officials said at least 14 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.
"A fence has been erected along with a tent over most of the plane except the nose," said Christine Crews, McCarran spokeswoman, adding that since it was a British Airways aircraft that the airline is in charge and she has no timeline for the repair work.
Crews said the fence line alleviates a lot of the issues airport operations had with the jumbo jet that has been parked at the FedEx building. BA is paying $375 a day in rent for the space.
The airport's emergency services extinguished the fire within 5 minutes of the mayday call.
The fire caused a large hole in the cargo hold and damage to the engine. British Airways later determined the plane could be repaired.
The Federal Aviation Administration indicated the fire was caused by failure of the left General Electric GE90 engine, one of two fitted on the plane.
The runway, one of four, was closed for four hours, and several inbound flights were cancelled.
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NTSB Identification: DCA15FA185
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 129: Foreign operation of BRITISH AIRWAYS PLC
Accident occurred Tuesday, September 08, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV
Aircraft: BOEING COMPANY BOEING 777-236, registration: G-VIIO
Injuries: 1 Serious, 5 Minor, 164 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On September 8, 2015, about 1613 pacific daylight time (PDT), British Airways flight 2276, a Boeing 777-200, equipped with two GE90-85B engines, registration G-VIIO, experienced a #1 engine uncontained failure during takeoff ground roll on runway 7L at McCarran International Airport (LAS), Las Vegas, Nevada. The #1 engine, inboard left wing, and a portion of the left and right fuselage sustained fire damage. Resulting fire was extinguished by airport rescue and fire fighting. The 157 passengers, including 1 lap child, and 13 crew members evacuated via emergency slides on the runway. There were 5 minor injuries and 1 serious injury as a result of the evacuation. The airplane was substantially damaged. The flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 129 and was en route to London - Gatwick Airport (LGW), Horley, England.