Virgin flight to London makes emergency landing after fire

A Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London made an emergency landing in Boston after a phone charger caught fire.

Smoke appeared in the cabin, forcing Flight 138 to descend about 25 minutes into its journey to Heathrow, information from Flightaware showed.

It landed in Boston at about 8.50pm local time (1.50am BST) – less than an hour after leaving JFK Airport.

Massachusetts State Police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit examined the Airbus A330 after it touched down and found that a device wedged between seat cushions had ignited.

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

All 217 passengers and crew made it off the plane safely.

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

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Virgin Atlantic said it is investigating what led to the incident.

“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances,” an airline spokeswoman said.

“We’d like to thank our customers for their patience as we work with them to provide local accommodation or to re-book alternative flights to their final destination.”

Source: SKY NEWS

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