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JetBlue flight diverted after laptop battery catches fire, officials say

JetBlue flight diverted after laptop battery catches fire, officials say JetBlue flight diverted after laptop battery catches fire, officials say
Nellie Chapman | 01 June, 2017, 01:06

A JetBlue fire started by a passenger's laptop lithium battery diverted a flight heading from New York City to San Francisco to land in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The fire was out before they landed, but the plane was on the tarmac in Grand Rapids, Michigan for almost three hours as emergency crews removed the device and made inspections.

The plane, carrying 158 people, 'landed without incident, ' airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez said.

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"I didn't know if it was a device on fire or the plane on fire because they didn't tell us anything", passenger Alan Honniball said.

According to NBC News, no injuries were reported.

Lithium batteries have drawn attention recently for unexpectedly catching fire in some devices.

Lithium batteries in electronic devices have been a problem for airlines.

Last year, Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phones were banned from all flights after the company discovered that its lithium-ion batteries were faulty and could overheat and catch fire.

They have been considering broadening the restrictions on all worldwide flights into and out the United States. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said the ban might expand to all worldwide flights entering or leaving the US.

Firefighters checked out the aircraft, which was refueled and allowed to continue on to San Francisco.