Posted on 09/14/2015

Federal accident investigators reported last week that they found multiple breaches in the engine of a British Airways aircraft that was forced to abort its takeoff at the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport last Tuesday.  
The flight with 157 passengers and 13 crew members aboard was on its way to London Gatwick when there was an explosion and fire and smoke engulfed the plane. Passengers and crew escaped and there were only minor injuries. The National Transportation Safety Board said that it also found pieces of the high-pressure compressor spool on the runway, and that it planned to take the engine apart to determine what might have caused the failure. British Airways flight 2276, a Boeing 777-200ER, was equipped with two GE90-85B engines.

This type of episode is extremely rare as modern jet engines are designed to prevent internal parts of the engine from breaking out in an accident, lest they rupture fuel lines.