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British Airways Flight 2276

British Airways Flight 2276
G-VIIO, the aircraft involved, at Gatwick Airport in 2009
Incident summary
Date 8 September 2015 (2015-09-08)
Summary Aircraft fire following uncontained engine failure
Site McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Passengers 157
Crew 13
Injuries (non-fatal) 27
Fatalities 0
Survivors 170 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 777-236ER
Operator British Airways
Registration G-VIIO
Flight origin Las Vegas McCarran International Airport
Destination Gatwick Airport, Crawley, England

British Airways Flight 2276 was a scheduled passenger flight which caught fire during take-off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport on 8 September 2015, prompting an aborted take-off and the evacuation of all passengers and crew. The flight, bound for Gatwick Airport near London, had 157 passengers and 13 crew. The aircraft had suffered an uncontained engine failure in the left (#1) GE90 engine.[1]

Contents

  • Incident 1
  • Aircraft 2
  • Investigation 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Incident

The aircraft left Terminal 3, Gate E3, at 15:53 local time, and began its take-off from Runway 07L at 16:12 where the incident occurred.[2]

After noticing what the pilot later described as a "catastrophic failure of the engine"[3] well before take-off speed, the flight crew aborted the take-off by using the aircraft's brakes and ordered an evacuation of the aircraft.[4] All passengers and crew escaped, with some suffering minor injuries.

The airport's emergency services extinguished the fire within five minutes of the mayday call. Fourteen people were lightly injured, mostly from sliding down the escape chutes, and treated at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.[3][5] The fire caused an opening of a large hole in the cargo hold and damage to the engine.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated the fire was caused by failure of the left General Electric GE90 engine, one of two fitted on the plane.[6] The aircraft came to a halt upwind, causing the fire to be blown towards the fuselage; the aircraft sustained localized, but major, structural damage as a result.[7][8] The aircraft was equipped with suppression systems, though the systems did not extinguish the fire.[5]

The runway, one of four, was closed for four hours, and a number of inbound flights were cancelled.[9]

Aircraft

The aircraft involved in the incident was a Boeing 777-236ER, registered as G-VIIO. The aircraft itself is about 17 years old and was delivered new to British Airways on 26 January 1999.[10]

The aircraft is likely to be declared a constructive hull loss, meaning the damage is too costly to repair.[11] If written off, the insurers would have to absorb around £21.4m ($32.8m) to cover the aircraft and liabilities.[12]

Investigation

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the American air accident investigative body, dispatched four investigators to the site the day after.[13] As well as FAA, Boeing and General Electric involvement, the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch has a representative and that representative has appointed "British Airways and the UK Civil Aviation Authority as technical advisors". Initial NTSB findings were that an uncontained engine failure had occurred and that the "left engine and pylon, left fuselage structure and inboard left wing airplane were substantially damaged by the fire".[14] On 6 October 2015 the NTSB issued an update stating that the accident was traced to the failure of the "stage 8-10 spool in the high-pressure compressor section...liberating fragments that breached the engine case and cowling".[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ "NTSB Issues Update on the British Airways Engine Fire at Las Vegas". NTSB. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Flight Info". FlightStats. Retrieved 9 September 2015.  (Login required)
  3. ^ a b Phipps, Claire. "British Airways plane catches fire at Las Vegas airport". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "13 hospitalized after British Airways fire in Las Vegas". Fox 5 Vegas. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "British Airways fire: Jet's suppression system didn't work, source says". CNN. 9 September 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Alcock, Charles (8 September 2015). "Engine Failure Causes Fire on British Airways Boeing 777". AIN Online. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Waldron, Greg. "Unclear whether BA 777 engine failure was contained". flightglobal.com. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David (9 September 2015). "Weather data suggests crosswind at time of BA 777 fire". Flightglobal. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Accident: British Airways B772 at Las Vegas on Sep 8th 2015, rejected takeoff due to engine fire". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Boeing 777 (G-VIIO)— British Airways". Plane Finder Data. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "2015-09-08 British Airways Boeing 777 burned after engine failure at Las Vegas, USA". jacdec.de. Retrieved 3 October 2015. 
  12. ^ McNestrie, Adam (9 September 2015). "Aviation market to absorb $33mn BA Vegas loss". Insurance Insider. Retrieved 11 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "NTSB Investigators to Probe Engine Fire on British Airways 777 in Las Vegas". NTSB. Retrieved 9 September 2015. 
  14. ^ "NTSB Issues Update on the British Airways Engine Fire at Las Vegas". NTSB. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "NTSB Issues Second Update on British Airways Engine Fire at Las Vegas". NTSB. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
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