A battery in a passenger’s cellphone caught fire aboard a JetBlue flight from Barbados to New York on Christmas Eve, forcing the plane to evacuate all passengers on the tarmac, officials said.
According to JetBlue, the ordeal happened onboard JetBlue Flight 662, which had just landed at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Barbados when the flight crew reported the smoking battery at around 9 p.m. EST.
The FAA said Sunday that it was a cellphone.
The Port Authority said in a statement that 133 people were evacuated using the plane's emergency slides. Seven people suffered minor injuries but none were taken to the hospital.
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The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Editor's Note (2:05 p.m. ET): This story has been updated throughout to reflect an updated statement on the nature of the device that FAA issued Sunday.