4 Flight Attendants Hospitalized After Fire Breaks Out on United Flight Heading to Newark

Several people were hospitalized on Tuesday after a Newark-bound plane was forced to turn back when the battery of an electrical device being used by a passenger caught fire.

The crew of Flight 2664 heading from San Diego to Newark were able to get the fire under control, but the plane still returned to the airport over the emergency and injuries sustained during the incident.

Four flight attendants were hospitalized and two passengers declined further treatment after being treated on the plane by responding San Diego EMTs.

The FAA says it will investigate the laptop battery fire.

“Our crew acted quickly to contain the device and medical personnel met the aircraft upon arrival at the gate,” a United Airlines spokesperson said. “Several flight attendants were taken to the hospital as a precaution, and two customers were evaluated onsite.”

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