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PICTURED: A phone on board and overnight NYC-London Virgin Atlantic flight



PICTURED: Virgin Atlantic flight, forcing an emergency landing at Boston

  • Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London making an emergency landing after a fire broke out on board
  • All 217 passengers on flight 138 as well as the crew were safely evacuated after landing
  • Preliminary investigation says the blaze probably started with a phone charger that ignited in a passenger seat
  • One passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint By Associated Press and Dailymail.com Reporter

    8:46 EDT, 5 July 2019 |

    Photographs have emerged from a burned out phone charger which ignored a four-day flight to Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London that was forced to make an emergency landing on Thursday evening.

    Massachusetts firefighters took images that show the charred remains of a cell phone charger.

    The charger caught fire during the overnight flight, Boston emergency emergency landing.

    Passengers had to abandon the Airbus A330 after firefighters were called to the plane at 9pm last night.

    Massachusetts police said the phone charger caused the fire shortly after the jet took off from New York's JFK airport.

    All 217 passengers and the crew were brought to safety, though one refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint.

     The image above taken by Massachusetts firefighters on Thursday shows the remains of a phone charger that caught fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London

    The image above taken by Massachusetts firefighters on Thursday shows the remains of a phone charger that caught fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight from New York to London

     The image above shows what looks like a cell phone attached to a charging device

    The image above shows what looks to be a cell phone attached to a charging device

     The charger is suspected to have caused a fire in Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London. It forced to land an emergency landing in Boston. Firefighters were called to the plane at 9pm. A passenger shared this photo above

    The charger is suspected to have caused a fire in Virgin Atlantic flight headed to London. It forced to land an emergency landing in Boston. Firefighters were called to the plane at 9pm. Passengers took to social media as they were evacuated from the flight ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

 Fire trucks can be seen at the scene

Passengers took to social media as they were evacuated from the flight

 Passengers are seen in line at Boston airport after the incident as they are rebooked on other flights or found local accommodation for the night. Passenger Cory Tanner shared this photo captioning it: 'Coming up on 13 hours of traveling and police are here so the crowd doesn't get angry. If you have been given any consistent communication by anyone yet. Passenger Cory Tanner shared this photo captioning it: 'Coming up on 13 hours of traveling and police are here so the crowd doesn't get angry. If you have been given any consistent communication by anyone yet

Passengers are seen in line at Boston airport after the incident as they are rebooked on other flights or found local accommodation for the night. Passenger Cory Tanner shared this photo captioning it: 'Coming up on 13 hours of traveling and police are here so the crowd doesn't get angry. No one was given any consistent communication by anyone yet

One passenger, Cory Tanner, alleged that customers had to sit in a smokey cabin while they waited for a four crew to arrive.

'Was customs there was a fire and we would have an emergency landing shortly,' he explained.

'Everyone could smell the smoke but was not what the problem was until we landed. Once we landed all we were told, there is a fire in first class.

'Having to sit here in a smokey cabin while we wait for firefighters to board and check out things not great … good hour breathing in the electrical fire.

He said he had been told that a TV unit in first class had caught fire, but later investigations suggested an external phone charger was to blame.

The plane left Kennedy airport at 8pm local time, but information from Flightaware showed it started to descend again around 25 minutes after takeoff.

It landed at Boston Logan International at 8.50pm.

Virgin Atlantic said it was investigating what had happened in the cabin of Flight 138, which had been due in London this morning.

'The [flight] from JFK to London Heathrow diverted to Boston due to reports of smoke in the cabin, a spokesman said.

 Passengers being evacuated from the plane seen on a bus above

Passengers being evacuated from the plane are seen on a bus above

 Grounded: Passengers on board the flight boundary for London await for news above

Grounded: Passengers on board the flight bound for London await for news above

 Staff deal with passengers on the flight which had taken off from JFK. 217 passengers were on board

Staff deal with passengers on the flight which had taken off from JFK. Passengers are seen above getting off the plane ” class=”blkBorder img-share” />

 The ground plane at Boston

Passengers are seen left on the tarmac in Boston after the emergency landing. The plane is pictured on the tarmac, right

'Our crew responded immediately and the plane has landed safely in Boston.

'The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances.

'We'd like to thank our customers for their patience as we work with them to provide local accommodation or to rebook alternative flights to their final destination.'

It was the second unusual landing at Boston's Logan International Airport on Thursday.

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

 One passenger shared above a letter they were provided by Virgin Atlantic after the emergency landing

One passenger shared above a letter they were provided by Virgin Atlantic after the emergency landing

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