Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Boston After Fire on Board

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
July 5, 2019 Updated: July 5, 2019

BOSTON—A fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Boston on Thursday, July 4.

Passengers smelled smoke coming from the first class cabin “not even 30 minutes” after the plane departed John F. Kennedy International Airport around 7:30 p.m., said Cory Tanner, 28, who was aboard the flight.

The crew announced the aircraft would make an emergency landing in Boston’s Logan International Airport.

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A Virgin Atlantic aircraft stands on the tarmac with emergency service vehicles in support after making an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport in London, England on April 16, 2012. (Scott Heavey/File Photo via Getty Images)

Massachusetts State Police said in a news release that the crew extinguished the fire, which a preliminary investigation says probably started with a phone charger that ignited in a passenger seat.

“Our cabin crew are trained to a high standard and acted quickly to deal with this situation,” the airline said.

Before the passengers deplaned, firefighters inspected the fire. “It was oddly calm,” Tanner said. “There was no big commotion.”

All 217 passengers on Flight 138 from New York as well as the crew were safely evacuated after landing. One passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint.

A Virgin Atlantic statement says the flight was bound for London’s Heathrow Airport.

It was the second unusual landing at Boston’s Logan International Airport on Thursday, July 4.

Earlier, an American Airlines jetliner from Chicago declared an emergency when a cockpit light indicated an unspecified potential mechanical problem as it approached the city, but the plane landed without incident.

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8, on a flight from Miami to N.Y.C., lands at LaGuardia Airport in the Queens borough of N.Y.C., on March 11, 2019. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The CNN Wire contributed to this article.