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I agree Martyn (10/09/2015 21:41 BST) but that is only the first step. It is clear from subsequent interviews with passengers on the aircraft that CC told them to leave luggage. Yet this instruction was totally ignored by some.

The passenger who took two wheelie bags should be prosecuted, whilst those with one should be named and shamed.

Apparently a blockage occurred at the foot of the slide as passengers were not clearing the area quickly – which is made far worse when luggage is involved! Some passengers then deciding to jump instead – one breaking an arm!

On a different note –

…An initial report on a British Airways plane which caught fire at a Las Vegas airport suggests engine parts flew out and landed on the runway

The US’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the casing around a key component of the engine had been found to have “multiple” breaches.

The casing should contain any damage but spool parts, about 7-8 inches in length, were found on the runway….

…As for the part that appears to have broken, the high-pressure compressor spool, Dr Colin Brown from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers told me that it’s “most likely” to be from a “fatigue crack”…

And on a further note, I hope rumours that BA Engineers having their jobs relocated to Spain unless they accept cuts are baseless.

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