Passengers Slide Off Plane as Phone Charger Starts Smoking

No one is seriously injured in evacuation of JetBlue flight at JFK
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2022 2:05 PM CST
Passengers Slide Off Plane as Phone Charger Starts Smoking
Travelers make their way near a JetBlue sign at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport in June.   (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson, File)

Passengers took to the emergency slides Saturday after a smoke was reported on a JetBlue plane just after it landed in New York. Seven people sustained minor injuries in the evacuation. The smoke was reported shortly just before 9pm, after Flight 662 arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport from Bridgetown, Barbados, CNN reports. A JetBlue statement said the cause was a passenger's electronic device.

The FAA later reported that the evacuation of the Airbus A320 was prompted by a smoking phone charger, per the Daily News, noticed while the plane was taxiing to its gate. The Port Authority of New York said 67 people used the slides, and another 60 or so left the plane the usual way. The injuries mostly were smoke inhalation and bruised elbows, and no one needed to be hospitalized. JetBlue said it has begun an investigation. (Read more evacuation stories.)

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