A JetBlue passenger’s luggage burst into flames as the plane was about to take off. He called it “one of the scariest moments of my life.”
On Monday, Jimmy Levy woke up to intense heat while sitting on a plane at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and immediately realized his backpack was on fire.
Levy, 25, told Caters News: “Suddenly I woke up shivering to a horrible wave of heat that felt like it was hitting my face.” She said: “She quickly opened her eyes and realized that her backpack, which had initially been tucked under her seat, was now in a floating ball of fire.”
Before flight attendants could rescue him, the musician began desperately stomping on his bag in an attempt to extinguish the fire and stop it from spreading further.
“I’m a prominent politician and musician, so I thought someone might have tried to attack me,” said Levy, who was a contestant on season 18 of “American Idol.”
“However, upon investigation, it appeared that the culprit was a portable charger that overheated inside the backpack.”
Levy has 1 million followers on instagram We have over 120,000 listeners on Spotify.
The singer, who is from Miami, Florida, was scheduled to fly from New York to South Florida, but everyone had to evacuate the plane after the incident.
“With the help of flight staff and water, the fire was extinguished. However, due to the severity of the situation, everyone had to be evacuated from the plane for a thorough investigation,” Levy said.
After the fire was extinguished, an investigation revealed that the cause was an overheating portable charger.
JetBlue confirmed in a statement to Caters that the flight was “evacuated while at the gate prior to takeoff due to customer electronics and battery failure.”
“Our crew responded immediately and addressed the situation, but there was no request for medical assistance. Safety is our top priority and we are investigating the incident,” the statement continued. .
Four flight attendants were taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.