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Jet Engine Explosion Triggered Chaotic 2015 Las Vegas Fire

  • NTSB says engine crack was visible for years before failure
  • Response to fire on BA 777 was marred by errors, NTSB says
In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, taken from the view of a plane window, smoke billows out from a plane that caught fire at McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas. 

In this Sept. 8, 2015, file photo, taken from the view of a plane window, smoke billows out from a plane that caught fire at McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas. 

Photographer: Eric Hays via AP
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Most emergency exits were blocked in a chaotic race to escape a blazing British Airways Plc jet that aborted its takeoff in Las Vegas almost three years ago, investigators found in the latest probe of a violent jet engine failure.

The left power plant on a Boeing Co. 777-200ER broke apart on Sept. 8, 2015, as the plane was accelerating for takeoff, causing a massive blaze that burned through the wing and fuselage. While none of the 170 people aboard -- including a child in a passenger’s lap -- died, one was seriously hurt and 19 others suffered minor injuries.