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Alaska Airlines evacuated a plane after a phone burst into flame

A cell phone caught fireplace within the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight that had landed in Seattle from New Orleans on Monday night. The phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21, Perry Cooper, a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle, told The Seattle Times.

“After a lot digging, I can inform you that the phone was burned past recognition,” Cooper mentioned in an e-mail to The Seattle Occasions. “Nonetheless, throughout an interview with one among our Port of Seattle Cops, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Once more, we couldn’t verify it by wanting on the stays of the gadget.”

In a assertion emailed to The Verge, a Samsung spokesperson wrote “At Samsung, security is a high precedence. We’re conscious of the scenario and are conducting a thorough investigation.”

An Alaska Airlines spokesperson tells The Verge that the plane’s crew used fireplace extinguishers and a battery containment bag to “cease the phone from smoking.” Passengers had been evacuated from the plane through the evacuation slides “as a consequence of hazy situations contained in the cabin,” and two of had been handled at a native hospital, the spokesperson mentioned. A Twitter person who mentioned they had been on the flight described the cabin as “like a smoke machine.”

Passengers had been taken by bus to the terminal, according to a tweet by Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and two passengers had been handled at a native hospital, the Alaska Airlines spokesperson mentioned.

Whereas the scenario might recall to mind Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 over fears of exploding batteries, it’s unclear if there’s any kind of widespread defect with any mannequin of the A21 simply but. There have been many remoted incidents of phone batteries catching fireplace throughout many alternative manufacturers. As for why these batteries can catch fireplace, here’s our explainer about why that happens.

Replace August 25, 11:05AM ET: Up to date to incorporate assertion from Samsung.

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