Mass State Police Investigating Fire Aboard Virgin Atlantic Flight That Makes Emergency Landing

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. 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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