Lithium fire causes flight to divert to Ford Airport

JetBlue, Ford Airport
A JetBlue flight was forced to divert to Gerald R. Ford International Airport briefly on May 30, 2017 after reports of a lithium battery fire.

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A JetBlue Airways plane was forced to land at Gerald R. Ford International Airport Tuesday evening after reports that a lithium battery on board caught fire.

In a statement sent to 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday night, JetBlue said there were “reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device.”

Ford Airport said airport fire crews responded, but that the fire was out before the plane landed safely around 8 p.m.

None of the 158 people on board were injured.

JetBlue Flight 915 was headed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to San Francisco International Airport. JetBlue said that after typical checks, the plane would continue on to its final destination. It was expected to land around midnight.

Based on online flight information, it does not look like any flights arriving or departing Ford Airport were delayed as a result of the incident.

The statement from JetBlue:

“On May 30 JetBlue flight 915 from New York’s JFK to San Francisco diverted to Grand Rapids, Mich., following reports of smoke emitting from a carry-on bag holding an electronic device. The flight landed safely and the aircraft is being inspected by maintenance crews before customers continue on to San Francisco.”