Fire breaks out on Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London

An onboard fire has forced a flight from New York to London to make an emergency landing in Boston.

By Ben Green
Friday, 5th July 2019, 9:49 am
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 10:49 am

Virgin Atlantic Flight 138 was travelling from John F Kennedy Airport to Heathrow.

All 217 passengers and crew were safely evacuated after landing at Boston Logan International, under an hour after leaving New York.

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Virgin Atlantic said it is "currently investigating" what led to smoke appearing in the cabin of Flight 138.

"The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances," a company spokeswoman said.

"We'd like to thank our customers for their patience as we work with them to provide local accommodation or to rebook alternative flights to their final destination."

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An external phone charger appears to have caused the fire which forced the flight to make an emergency landing.

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

"Preliminary investigation suggests it is a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger," a police spokesman said.

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