Flight diverted when laptop’s lithium battery catches fire
A lithium battery in a passenger’s laptop caught fire aboard a cross-country JetBlue flight Tuesday, causing the plane to divert to Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
The fire was caused by a lithium battery in a laptop, officials said. No one was injured on the flight, which was traveling from New York’s JFK Airport to San Francisco.
JetBlue said the plane was carrying 158 people and 37,300 pounds of fuel when it landed. The plane was not damaged, the FAA said.
The fire came from a passenger’s carry-on laptop, and was cooled by the time the plane landed, according to Air Traffic Control audio. There is no sign that the fire was intentionally started.
Last year, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phones were banned from all flights after the company discovered that its lithium-ion batteries were faulty and could overheat and catch fire.
Spurred by fears of terrorism, the US government in March banned laptops in the passenger cabin on international flights from airports across the Middle East and North Africa. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said the ban might expand to all international flights entering or leaving the US.
CNN’s Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.