| United Airways Transcon Flight Turns Round Shortly After Takeoff When Laptop computer Battery Catches FireFrequent Enterprise Traveler

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A United Airways flight from San Diego to Newark, New Jersey, was compelled to show round and return to San Diego Worldwide Airport Tuesday morning after battery caught hearth.

United Flight 2664 took off shortly at 7:07 a.m. native time however was compelled to make an emergency touchdown at its departure airport at 7:51 a.m., in accordance with Flightaware.com, which tracks such knowledge.  The Boeing 737-800 was met by the native hearth division and medical personnel.

An exterior lithium-ion battery for a laptop computer reportedly caught hearth whereas in a seat pocket within the first-class cabin.  The incident left 4 folks with smoke-related accidents, officers mentioned.

The San Diego Fireplace-Rescue Division credited the flight crew  for stopping the hearth from spreading by placing the battery pack right into a thermal containment bag.

“Our crew acted rapidly to include the machine,” the airline later mentioned in an announcement.

The flight, with a unique crew and on board a unique plane, finally departed San Diego with a takeoff time of 12:31 p.m. native time, a four-hour and 50-minute delay.

In accordance with figures from the Federal Aviation Administration, there have been 57 incidents that concerned fires attributable to lithium-ion batteries on industrial plane flights in 2022.

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