British Airways 772 Catches Fire at LAS

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  1. timfrost

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    Seven people treated for minor injuries at the scene and everyone is safely resting at a hotel. Crews on the ground had the fire out within 5 minutes of the emergency call. A report said the plane was being evacuated less than a minute after the first sign of a problem. Sounds like a job well done all around. Glad everyone is OK!

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/08/us/las-vegas-british-airways-fire/
     
  2. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Was 102 F today in Vegas according to Google weather. Hopefully they all kept their shoes on during takeoff.
     
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    Amazing that all rescue/safety worked so well! Nobody really hurt, fire out quickly (per news reports). With fire in an engine and full fuel tanks I can only imagine how awful it could have been!
    I think we are all anxiously awaiting news of the cause (although I would guess this will take a while)
     
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    Now it is up to 14 people in the press, good thing it happened on the ground, and not in the air.

    Could have been a lot worse,
     
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    NBC News reported (in the pilots own words) that he had one more flight to Barbados on Saturday, with a return on Tuesday.
     
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    ABC News reported this morning that the LAS/LHR flight would be the Captains last. No surprise there.
     
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  8. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Even got a water cannon salute, sort of.
     
  9. redtailshark

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    Safety reminder for travelers: shoes on during t/o and landing; and window shades up during these flight phases.

    BA may be Dilbertian in a number of ways but they do take these events seriously. I don't have any concerns about their handling of this emergency.
     
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    Wrong on so many levels. But Funny.
     
  11. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Agreed, I hesitated to post that joke. I am sure the captain would have preferred a different start of retirement, but it seems the crew responded correctly and prevented a disaster.
     
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    I dare you to post that comment on the FT BA board and watch the wrath of the entire British Empire descend on you:D
     
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