A United Airways flight from San Diego to Newark, New Jersey, was pressured to show round and return to San Diego Worldwide Airport Tuesday morning after battery caught hearth.
United Flight 2664 took off shortly at 7:07 a.m. native time however was pressured to make an emergency touchdown at its departure airport at 7:51 a.m., in line with Flightaware.com, which tracks such knowledge. The Boeing 737-800 was met by the native hearth division and medical personnel.
An exterior lithium-ion battery for a laptop computer reportedly caught hearth whereas in a seat pocket within the first-class cabin. The incident left 4 individuals with smoke-related accidents, officers mentioned.
The San Diego Hearth-Rescue Division credited the flight crew for stopping the fireplace from spreading by placing the battery pack right into a thermal containment bag.
“Our crew acted rapidly to comprise the system,” the airline later mentioned in an announcement.
The flight, with a unique crew and on board a unique plane, finally departed San Diego with a takeoff time of 12:31 p.m. native time, a four-hour and 50-minute delay.
In response to figures from the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been 57 incidents that concerned fires brought on by lithium-ion batteries on business plane flights in 2022.
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