Pictures from fire on Virgin Atlantic Flight in Boston

These are images that were taken by the MassPort Fire Department of the fire last night on Virgin Atlantic Flight 138. Please give attribution to MassPort Fire/MSP.

Below is the original press release on the incident.


Investigation Ongoing of Fire Aboard Plane that Makes Emergency Landing

July 4, 2019

At 8:44 pm, Virgin Atlantic Flight 138, New York (JFK)-London, reported fire on board in the passenger compartment, which was extinguished by crew.  Smoke and flames were emanating from a passenger seat.  The plane made an emergency landing at Logan. 217 passengers were safely evacuated and moved to Terminal E-6.  Delta maintenance assisted with mechanical evaluation, while the State Police Troop F Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (MSP EOD)  inspected the seat; wires were protruding from the area of the fire.  

MSP EOD located and examined a device located between the cushions of the seat that ignited. Preliminary investigation suggests it is a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger.  

The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the State Police Troop F EOD and the State Police Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit. 

A replacement aircraft is being sought for passengers. One passenger refuses EMS for smoke related complaint.