Boeing 777 Catches Fire at Las Vegas Airport! A British Airways Boeing 777 caught fire on the runway at Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, forcing an emergency evacuation. All 159 passengers and 13 crew escaped from the aircraft via emergency slides; 14 were reportedly treated for minor injuries. BA Flight 2276 was about to take off on the 10-hour flight to London Gatwick when the 275-seat plane suffered an engine failure. One of the airport’s four runways was out of service following the fire, which began at approximately 4.22pm local time. Firefighters stationed at the airport reached the plane two minutes after getting reports of flames, and within another three minutes, everyone inside the plane had escaped. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane's left engine caught fire and an investigation was under way.