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Four hospitalised following laptop battery fire in plane cabin


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A fire from the battery of a laptop device aboard a United Airlines flight forced a Newark-bound plane to return to San Diego on Tuesday and sent four people to the hospital..

FlightAware data shows that the aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, took off from the airport at 7:07am Pacific Time and landed back in San Diego at 7:51am.

The flight crew prevented the fire from spreading further, and the plane returned to the airport, according to a tweet from the San Diego Fire Department. Fire crews evaluated all passengers and crew, and four people were taken to the hospital. Two others declined further treatment.

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

He added: “We thank our crew for their quick actions in prioritizing the safety of everyone on board the aircraft and we are making arrangements to get our customers to their destinations.”

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