A fire on a JetBlue Airways plane forced more than 160 passengers to evacuate using the emergency slides. John F. Kennedy International Airport Saturday, fire officials said.
According to JetBlue, the incident – which happened shortly after the flight from Barbados landed at the airport – may have been triggered by an electronic device and is under investigation.
“On Saturday, JetBlue Flight 662 with service from Bridgetown, Barbados (BGI) was grounded shortly after landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) due to a customer’s report of an electronic device or battery failure,” company spokesman Derek Dombrowski said. In a statement to CNN.
The New York City Fire Department reported the plane caught fire at the airport’s Terminal 5 around 9 p.m., and the Regional Port Authority said JetBlue had evacuated the plane.
A total of 167 people were evacuated using emergency slides, the FDNY said. Five passengers sustained minor injuries.
JetBlue is coordinating with officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, Dombrowski said.