British Airways Boeing 777-236ER G-VIIO operating BA2276 Las Vegas – London Gatwick with 159 passengers and 13 crew rejected take off due to a catastrophic failure of the #1 General Electric engine. Passengers were evacuated with 14 reported minor injuries. The #1 engine appears to have encountered an uncontained failure with fire appearing to spread underneath the aircraft. The fire was extinguished after around four minutes. Both the port and starboard fuselage have sustained smoke and/or flame damage with the port side fuselage skin being burned through mainly below but also above the window line just forward of the left wing by Business Class seats 10A and 11A. The left wing fairing is burned away with damage also apparent to the leading edge of the left wing.
The aircraft first flew in January 1999. It last underwent heavy maintenance at Cardiff-Wales from 22nd March – 13th April 2014 and was also under maintenance at London Gatwick from 12th October – 18th October 2014.