After arriving at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, an Alaska Airlines flight was evacuated after a phone caught fire.
Flight 751 from New Orleans to Seattle was being operated by a Boeing 737-900 with 128 passengers and six staff members on board. The cell phone fire was put out once the plane landed in Seattle.
According to officials, the crew members extinguished the fire with a battery containment bag. All passengers and crew members were quickly evacuated. Minor injuries were sustained by several of them.
The passengers were then bused to the station. The Boeing 737-900 was hauled to a gate without interfering with airport operations. The event was confirmed by an Alaska Airlines official. An airline spokesman stated in a statement:
“Due to foggy conditions in the cabin, the crew acted quickly, deploying fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to suppress the fire and release the evacuation slides.”
“All passengers disembarked the plane. Medics greeted the plane to attend to the passengers and crew.”
The source of the cell phone fire, however, remains unexplained, and neither the airport nor the airline has provided an explanation.
Passenger sent @KIRO7Seattle this video following the plane evacuation. Per @flySEA: “Passengers were transported by bus to the terminal, some with minor injuries.” Passenger credits flight attendants for acting fast throughout the entire incident. pic.twitter.com/y0UGMVP73w
— Kevin Ko (@NewsWithKevin) August 24, 2021