A United passenger's laptop battery caught fire mid-flight, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing in Florida
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February 26, 2020 - by David Slotnick for businessinsider.com
- A United flight from Newark, New Jersey, to the Bahamas was forced to make an emergency landing in Florida after a passenger's laptop battery caught fire.
- A passenger on the flight credited flight attendants with controlling the situation quickly and calmly. The flight continued on to the Bahamas about an hour after the emergency landing.
- Battery fires have become a frequent problem on flights as passengers carry more electronics when they travel.
A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing on Wednesday after a passenger's laptop battery caught fire.
The flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, was above the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of Florida when the battery ignited in what the airline described as a "thermal runaway event."
Data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 showed the Airbus A320 turn west towards Florida just before 10 a.m. It made an emergency landing at Daytona Beach airport in Florida about 25 minutes later...
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