Samsung Galaxy A21 Catches Fire Inside Aircraft; All Passengers Evacuated From The Flight
Reportedly, a Samsung smartphone, A21 handset allegedly caught fire in an Alaska Airlines flight in the US.
This incident forced all the crew members to carry out an emergency evacuation.
How Did This Happen?
Fortunately, there were no serious injuries associated with the fire.
Reports mention that the phone was burned beyond recognition, but an airport spokesperson reportedly confirmed the handset to be Galaxy A21.
The Incident happened when a passenger’s smartphone caught on fire inside the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight.
The flight was scheduled from New Orleans to Seattle that had landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday evening.
After evacuation, around 128 passengers and six crew members were transported by bus to the terminal.
Confirming the handset, Perry Cooper, a spokesman for the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, said the device was determined to be a Samsung Galaxy A21.
Further adding that “After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition,”.
Cooper said, “However, during an interview with one of our Port of Seattle Police officers, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device,”.
Why Would This Happen?
So far, there is no response from Samsung on this Incident.
Also, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.
Reportedly, the crew on Flight 751 used fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to stop the phone from smoking.
While informing about the Incident on Twitter, the airport said, “Earlier this evening, POSFD responded to a report of a fire in the cargo hold of Alaska Airlines Flight 751. Upon arrival, the fire was contained and passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft,”.
Further, the tweet mentions, “Passengers were transported by bus to the terminal, some with minor injuries. The aircraft was towed to a gate and there were no impacts to airport operations,”.
In response, another Twitter user who was on the Alaska flight posted, “The passenger was 2-3 rows behind me on the opposite side. It was like a smoke machine. Flight attendants did an excellent job and all passengers were very calm. I believe one person sitting beside them might have minor injuries”.