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Lithium Battery Fire Diverts A JetBlue Flight Bound For San Francisco

01 June, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Paula Vaughn
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JetBlue confirmed in a statement that a flight from NY to San Francisco was diverted to Grand Rapids, Mich., after "reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding a laptop computer".

Flight attendants and passengers remained calm during the situation, according to Honniball. "When you see a fire on the plane and you're in the air, there's nothing you can do".

The plane, carrying 158 people, landed safely at about 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. A laptop's lithium battery was reportedly to blame. In an incident report from May 2, the FAA says a shipment of 13 laptop computers in a cargo facility was bumped, causing one box to fall to the ground.

Fliers first realized something was wrong when they noticed smoke coming from row 25.

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The fire was out before the aircraft landed, according to the airport.

"I was stunned", said passenger Kat Honniball. The Geek Group says the lithium inside the batteries is very reactive and should be handled with care.

"Lithium-ion batteries are inherently volatile", Michael Mo, the cofounder and CEO of KULR Technology, told Business Insider earlier this year. Passengers were loaded back on board and taken to San Francisco.

The Trump administration's laptop ban has been in place since March and covers nonstop flights to the U.S. from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has said the ban might expand to all global flights entering or leaving the US.

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