A British Airways aircraft caught fire on the tarmac of Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport Tuesday afternoon, leaving seven with minor injuries.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor told TheBlaze in a statement that preliminary information indicated the Boeing 777 "experienced a left engine fire on takeoff."
"The crew aborted the takeoff," Gregor said. "Passengers deplaned on the runway using emergency slides and are being bused to the terminal."
Just landed in Vegas to see this...plane on fire on the Tarmac...people still onboard and running off! http://t.co/ul10hFFw9j— David L. Somers (@David L. Somers) 1441754189.0
Just landed in Las Vegas, plane is on fire. People were on boaard but it looks like they all got off in time. http://t.co/0AN5HvBB5G— Eric Hays (@Eric Hays) 1441754449.0
Just hitting what I have experienced today seriously scary stuff#BA2276 http://t.co/tUBJ57pzpP— Dominic Worthington (@Dominic Worthington) 1441757043.0
Firefighters quickly put out the fire, but the incident resulted in one runway being taken out of service, according to the airport. Operations returned to normal shortly thereafter.
159 passengers and 13 crew members were said to be aboard the flight which was headed to London.
Editor's note: This story has been updated with new information. Last update: 9:45 p.m. ET.
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