Flight Returns to San Diego After Laptop Catches Fire

By City News Service
City News Service
City News Service
February 7, 2023Updated: February 7, 2023

SAN DIEGO—A laptop battery pack caught fire in the cabin of a jetliner Feb. 7 on a flight from San Diego to New Jersey, forcing the plane to promptly double back to the bayside airport and leaving a half-dozen people with complaints of smoke inhalation.

United Airlines Flight 2664 left San Diego International Airport just after 7 a.m. Tuesday and returned about a half-hour later, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported.

The flight crew was able to prevent the blaze from spreading by putting the burning electronic device into a fire-safe bag, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

After the Boeing 737 made a safe emergency landing in San Diego, paramedics evaluated six people who reported respiratory issues due to smoke from the fire, the city agency reported. Four were taken to medical centers for further examination and treatment, while the other two declined hospital checkups.

FAA personnel will investigate the mishap, according to the federal agency.