British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas

A British Airways plane bound for London caught fire at Las Vegas airport, forcing the evacuation of 172 people on board on emergency slides, the BBC reports.

Airport officials said at least 13 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

US Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the left engine of the Boeing 777-200 caught fire before take-off.

The plane was seen engulfed in flames and smoke. The fire was later put out.

There were 159 passengers and 13 crew members on board.

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