British Airways B772 probable cause of engine fire identified
Category : Air Crash
A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-VIIO (recently, this aircraft has been featured in zero other accidents or incidents so far while the airline, British Airways, has been reported on a total of 106 times) performing flight BA-2276 from Las Vegas,NV (USA) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 157 passengers and 13 crew, was accelerating for takeoff from Las Vegas’ runway 07L when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed and stopped the aircraft about 800 meters/2600 feet down the runway, an arrival to the parallel runway 07R was instructed to go around. After coming to a stop the crew radioed “Mayday, Mayday, need fire services”, tower replied fire services were already on their way, the crew advised they were evacuating, they had a fire, they were evacuating. 13 people received minor injuries in the evacuation, two of them were taken to hospitals. Smoke and flames were seen from the left hand engine (GE90), emergency services responded and put the fire out about 4 minutes after the aircraft rejected takeoff. The aircraft received substantial fire/heat damage to left hand inboard wing and fuselage.
Las Vegas Airport reported flames were spotted at 16:14L (23:14Z), the fire was put out by 16:18L. Two occupants were taken to hospitals for minor injuries, a total of seven needed medical attention.
Emergency services reported a total of 13 occupants required medical treatment.
The FAA reported on Sep 9th 2015 that the left hand engine caught fire during the departure roll, aircraft stopped on the runway and was evacuated via slides, 5 persons received unknown injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged, the occurrence was rated an accident.
Passengers reported there was a loud bang from the left hand side, the brakes came on, then there was enormeous heat, that appeared to melt down a couple of passenger windows, smoke entered the aircraft. They evacuated down the slides and were taken to the terminal. Later the captain joined the passengers at the terminal and told them, that they had suffered a catastrophic failure of the left hand engine.
A planespotter from Salzburg (Austria) visiting Las Vegas reported, that he was watching aircraft at Las Vegas Aerodrome at East Sunset Road, below the approach path to runways 07. He took notice of the Boeing 777-200 when it taxied towards the holding point runway 07L because there were not many heavies around. The Boeing appeared to be taxiing rather slowly, lined up normally, engines accelerated normally and the aircraft was about 200-300 meters/600-1000 feet into the departure roll when a large streak of fire and dense smoke was emitted by the left hand engine, without any noise. The aircraft slowed and came to a stop, dense black smoke rising from the aircraft.
The airline reported: “The aircraft, a 777-200 experienced a technical issue as it was preparing for take-off from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Our crew evacuated the aircraft safely and the fire was quickly extinguished by the emergency services at the airport. 157 customers were on board the flight, along with three pilots and 10 cabin crew. A small number of customers and our crew have been taken to hospital.” The passengers were taken to hotels, hotlines have been opened for friends and relatives of those on board.
The NTSB have dispatched three investigators on site.
The runway was closed for 4 hours, the FAA issued ground stops for a number of flights inbound to Las Vegas.
On Sep 10th 2015, the NTSB reported first preliminary findings. The NTSB reported that there were multiple breaches of the engine case in the area of the high pressure compressor, several pieces of the high pressure compressor spool were found on the runway. The engine, engine pylon, fuselage structure and the inboard left wing were substantially damaged by fire. A number of occupants received minor injuries, mainly abrasions, in the evacuation. Cockpit Voice, Flight Data and Quick Access recorders have been taken to the NTSB Laboratory and are being downloaded.
Source: Aero Inside