A Samsung Galaxy A21 smartphone model let into a sudden fire inside an Alaska Airlines plane on August 24. As per the Seattle Times report, a passenger’s smartphone of a similar model engulfed fire in the cabin of New Orleans en route to Seattle at the Tacoma International Airport. Following the incident, the flight crew initiated an emergency evacuation.
The flight crew tried to curb the fire using equipment like: fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag. Meanwhile, the smoke that entered the cabin led to the deployment of the evacuation slides.
“After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition. 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,” Perry Cooper, a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle said.
The Port of Seattle reported that there was no news of casualty or injury of the passengers and crew members due to their vigilance and swift action to curtail the fire. They also stated that airport operations were not deterred due to this chaos. They further said that the cause of the fire couldn’t be identified yet. However, stating that the lithium-ion battery inserted in the phone could be the possible cause.