• British Airways flight bound for London was on tarmac at McCarran Airport
• Was taxiing towards the runway when it suddenly burst into flames
• Passengers escaped down evacuation slides and ran from the aircraft
• 14 people were taken to local hospitals to be treated for minor injuries
• Someone on board said the plane filled with smoke, causing panic
• Passengers started running towards the door in a bid to get out
• The Boeing 777, which was built in 1998, has a good safety record
A hero British Airways pilot averted disaster by bringing a 350-tonne plane accelerating down the runway at 90mph to a standstill in just nine seconds - saving the lives of everyone on board.
The pilot was readying the plane for take off when it burst into flames at a Las Vegas airport on Tuesday evening.
It had been bound for London Gatwick, and was travelling at 90 miles per hour when the left engine caught fire after a catastrophic failure.
Passengers described a loud bang, and the increasing heat from the fire near the windows.
But in a mayday call to the control tower, the pilot remained calm and collected, asking for 'fire services' and then informing them 'we are evacuating'.
The passengers and crew exited the plane, which was still in the middle of the runway,
Fourteen people were then taken to hospital for treatment - many suffering from suspected smoke inhalation while others were hurt when they evacuated.
Writing in the Guardian after escaping the plane, passenger Jacob Steinberg revealed there was applause when the pilot emerged.
Without him, the football and tennis writer suggested, it wasn't worth thinking about what would have happened next.
'He said he had been flying for years and had never seen anything like that,' Steinberg wrote.
'He was speaking to a few passengers later and all the colour had drained from his face.
'There were not enough words in the world for us to express our gratitude.'
Many passengers have said how it was a fear the plane, which was full of fuel, would explode which terrified them the most.
A spokesman for British Airways told the Daily Mail Online: 'The safety of our customers and crew is always our priority and we are looking after those who were on board the BA2276 from Las Vegas to London Gatwick following an incident on Tuesday September 8, 2015.
'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 were taken to hospital.
'All customers have been provided with hotel accommodation, and our colleagues are helping them with anything further they require.'
A spokesman from Boeing said they were looking into the incident.
The long-range jumbo jet has helped connect cities at the far ends of the globe, with flights as long as 16 hours.
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