Phone charger caused fire, flight made emergency landing

# 09:58
5 July 2019

An external phone charger appears to have caused a fire which forced a flight from New York to London to make an emergency landing in Boston, APA reports citing The Guardian.

Massachusetts State Police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit examined the Airbus A330 after it landed and found a device between the cushions of a seat which had ignited.

external phone charger,” a police spokesman said.

Virgin Atlantic Flight 138 left John F Kennedy airport at around 8pm (1am BST) on Thursday bound for Heathrow where it was due to arrive at around 7.20am.

We are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances

Information from Flightaware showed the aircraft began to descend around 25 minutes after takeoff, landing at Boston Logan International at 8.50pm (1.50am BST).

All 217 passengers and crew were safely evacuated.

One passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint, police said.