British Airways is to repair and return to service the Boeing 777-200ER badly damaged during an engine fire in Las Vegas.

The aircraft is to undergo repairs at McCarran airport following the 8 September fire in the left-hand General Electric GE90 powerplant.

Boeing engineers have undertaken an inspection of the airframe and this examination has concluded that the damage was “limited” and “suitable for repair”, says the carrier.

“A team from Boeing will carry out the repair work, which will be certified to the same high standards as if the aircraft was brand new,” it adds.

BA has not given an estimate of the duration of the work. It says the twinjet “will resume flying once stringent checks have been completed”.

Its damaged engine has already been removed by the manufacturer and the powerplant will be replaced.

The aircraft (G-VIIO) is a 16-year old airframe.

Flight BA2276 had been bound for London Gatwick with 170 occupants. The aircraft was evacuated and none of those on board suffered serious injuries.

Source: Cirium Dashboard