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Plane makes emergency landing in Boston after fire on board



BOSTON (AP) – A fire aboard a Virgin Atlantic flight that led to London forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Boston.

The Massachusetts state police said in a press release that the crew extinguished the fire, as a preliminary investigation probably says started with a telephone charger igniting in a passenger seat.

All 217 passengers on Flight 138 from New York and the crew were safely evacuated after landing. A passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint.

A passenger refused treatment for a smoke-related complaint, police said.

A Virgin Atlantic statement states that the aircraft was tied to London's Heathrow airport, and that it is "currently investigating" what led to smoking being shown in the cabin of Flight 138.

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"Security of our customers and crew are always our top priority and we are currently investigating to fully understand the circumstances, "a company spokesman said.

"We would like to thank our customers for the patience when we work with them to provide local accommodation or to rebook alternative flights to their final destination."

It was the second unusual landing at Boston Logan International Airport on Thursday. In the past, a US airline from Chicago reported an emergency when a cockpit light indicated an unspecified potential mechanical problem as it approached the city, but the plane landed without incidents.


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