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CNN reports that the battery from a passenger’s personal battery pack caught fire on a Newark-bound flight today. UA 2664 was forced to return to San Diego after the fire broke out. Thankfully, the crew was able to put out the fire using a fire extinguisher and a fire containment bag. All of the passengers arrived back at the airport safely.
FlightAware shows that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 took off from the at 7:07 AM PST and returned at 7:51 AM. The United app is currently showing an aircraft swap and that the plane departed the gate around five hours later than its original departure time.
It appears that no serious injuries were reported, but several flight attendants were taken to the hospital as a precaution for smoke inhalation.
Anthony’s Take: We’ve all heard the announcements about electrical devices and their batteries getting damaged when crews run through their safety demos. You don’t really think about the possibility of fire until you’re faced with it. Thankfully, everyone returned back to the airport safely. Kudos to the United crew for acting quickly.
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