British Airways Flight 2276 catches fire at KLAS (8th September 2015)

A British Airways jet caught fire at Las Vegas airport, sending smoke billowing into the air, after suffering what the pilot described as a “catastrophic failure” of the left engine.

Fire officials said 14 people were taken to Sunrise hospital to be treated for minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, most a result of sliding down the inflatable chutes to escape.

All 157 passengers and 13 crew – including three pilots – on board were evacuated, and the fire was swiftly put out by around 50 firefighters. An airport spokeswoman told reporters: “All passengers were evacuated quickly and safely and taken by bus to the terminal.

It was disappointing to see how many passengers took SUITCASES with them for the evacuation. The practice really needs to be made illegal, and a warning given to passengers on the safety briefing.

Have a listen to this recording and her how this incident was communicated and managed. Also note how other pilots were also reporting this incident to the ATC professional. Discussion point – if you were a pilot and observing this incident, what would you have done to enforce the communications of this incident?

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