Passengers on JetBlue aircraft evacuated at JFK Airport after fire on landing

A JetBlue A320 landing.
John Murphy, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON – One hundred and sixty seven occupants on a JetBlue flight landing at New York JFK Airport were evacuated on Saturday evening local time following the outbreak of a fire in the cabin.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the crew of JetBlue Flight 662, which had landed at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), raised the alarm when smoke from a laptop was detected in the cabin.

Emergency responders attended the scene, and the 167 occupants aboard the flight were evacuated via an emergency slide, in addition to normal disembarkation procedures.

The JetBlue flight had originated from Bridgetown, Barbados.

It is understood that no serious injuries have been reported, although five people suffered minor injuries during the disembarking process.

It has been reported that the crew extinguished the fire with the aircraft at the gate at JFK Airport’s Terminal 5.

Spokesman for JetBlue, Derek Dombrowski, issued a statement to CNN News, saying:

“On Saturday, JetBlue flight 662 with service from Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) was evacuated shortly after landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) due to reports of a customer’s malfunctioning electronic device or battery.”

The incident is to be investigated further.

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