VIDEO: Terrifying scenes as British Airways plane catches fire on runway in Las Vegas 7 years ago

VIDEO: Terrifying scenes as British Airways plane catches fire on runway in Las Vegas

Thankfully, only a handful of people on board suffered minor injuries.

A British Airways plane that was bound for London from Las Vegas caught fire while taking off last night, forcing the evacuation of all 172 people on board.

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Footage recorded at the scene in McCarran International Airport shows the British Airways aircraft engulfed in flames and thick black smoke after it caught fire as a result of what is being described as “catastrophic engine failure”.

Clip via Balaji Rajgiri

159 passengers and 13 crew members were all evacuated safely having had to escape the plane via emergency slides, with officials reporting that 13 people had to be treated for minor injuries as a result.

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Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian was one of the passengers on board the plane and his account of the ordeal on Twitter makes for pretty terrifying reading.

British Airways have said that an investigation will soon take place in an effort to discover the exact cause of the fire on board the aircraft.