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British Airways plane catches fire at Las Vegas airport

A British Airways plane caught fire on Tuesday with 172 people on board on the runway at Las Vegas shortly before it was due to take off for London Gatwick. The plane – a Boeing 777 heading from the US city’s McCarran airport to London Gatwick – caught fire just before take off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

Emergency shutes were deployed to evacuate the 159 passengers and 13 crew on board. 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.

Photograph: Jacob Steinberg for the Guardian

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