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United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after phone battery catches fire

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 2/27/2020 Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY
a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: An United Airlines plane is shown on the tarmac from an outdoor terrace and observation deck at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2020. © Jeff Chiu, AP An United Airlines plane is shown on the tarmac from an outdoor terrace and observation deck at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco on Feb. 20, 2020.

An United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a "thermal runaway event."

Flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, diverted to Daytona Beach Airport Wednesday after a phone battery charger caught fire mid-flight, the airport confirmed on Twitter.

The fire was contained to a passenger's bag and placed inside a fire retardant case after bursting into flames, Daytona Beach Airport added. There were no injuries to the flight's 130 passengers and five crew members, and no damage to the plane. 

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The Florida airport shared a picture of the charred devices. 

United Airlines referred to the incident as a "thermal runaway event on board."

"Emergency personnel met the aircraft and customers remained onboard prior to the aircraft redeparting for Nassau," United spokesperson Leslie Scott said in a statement to USA TODAY. "We appreciate the quick work of our employees on board to keep our customers and fellow employees safe." 

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