JetBlue Flight Diverted For Laptop Battery Fire

Source JetBlue

Source JetBlue

A laptop fire forced an emergency stop for JetBlue flight number 915 Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

She looked back and saw smoke.

Passenger Kailey Honniball said passengers noticed smoke coming from row 25.

According to the FAA report, there have been at least eight lithium ion battery incidents - either airborne or at an airport - between April 4 and May 31. "When you see a fire on the plane and you're in the air, there's nothing you can do".

The Airbus A320, with 158 passengers and crew on board, landed safely at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids around 8 p.m. local time. Firefighters met the plane at the gate and took the charred backpack and battery off the flight.

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"I was stunned - I knew something was going to happen because, you know, lithium batteries catching on fire when you're up at 38,000 feet you can't help but think you've got to do something", Honniball said. The New York airline said the incident was being investigated and offered no additional details Wednesday.

"Lithium-ion batteries are inherently volatile", Michael Mo, the cofounder and CEO of KULR Technology, told Business Insider earlier this year.

Spurred by fears of terrorism, the United States government in March banned laptops in the passenger cabin on global flights from airports across the Middle East and North Africa.

"There's a real threat", Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.

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