BOSTON – A New York to London flight had to make an emergency landing today, July 4, at Logan Airport in Boston, due a reported fire.
At 8:44 p.m., Virgin Atlantic Flight 138, New York (JFK)-London, reported fire on board in the passenger compartment, which was extinguished by crew.
Smoke and flames were emanating from a passenger seat.
The plane made an emergency landing at Logan.
217 passengers were safely evacuated and moved to Terminal E-6.
Delta maintenance assisted with mechanical evaluation, while the State Police Troop F Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (MSP EOD) inspected the seat; wires were protruding from the area of the fire.
MSP EOD located and examined a device located between the cushions of the seat that ignited. Preliminary investigation suggests it is a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger.
The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the State Police Troop F EOD and the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit.
A replacement aircraft is being sought for passengers.
One passenger refuses EMS for smoke related complaint.