San Francisco-bound JetBlue flight departing from New York City was forced to make an emergency landing in Michigan Tuesday night after a laptop battery caught fire, authorities said.
Flight 915 from John F. Kennedy Airport was diverted “by a lithium battery in the fire of a passenger’s laptop,” the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to Fox News.
The flight landed at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich., about 8 a.m. local time. JetBlue usually flee not from Ford, but no injuries were reported and the aircraft was not damaged, according to the FAA.
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Cat Honniball, a passenger on the flight, told WZZM that some people started to smoke, and saw it was coming from a backpack.
“I was stunned — I knew that something was going to happen, because, you know, lithium batteries catch on fire if you were at 38,000 feet, you can’t help but think that you have to do something,” Honniball told the station.
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Flight attendants and passengers remained calm during the situation, according to Honniball. There were reportedly 158 passengers on the plane.
The fire department responded to the incident at the airport of Michigan as a precaution, but the fire was already extinguished by the time the plane landed at the airport on Twitter.
Our Fire department cleared the scene, no injuries and clearly for JetBlue Flt#915. The plane is fueled, and back on the way to SFO
— FlyGRFord (@FlyGRFord) 31-May-2017
Officials refueled the aircraft in Michigan and the rest of San Francisco, arriving 12:04 pm local time-about three hours behind schedule.