A Samsung Galaxy A21 handset caught fire on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. This incident caused the entire flight to be evacuated. Local reports say the phone was burned beyond recognition, but an airport spokesman confirmed the device is a Galaxy A21. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The fire broke out after the flight landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, forcing the crew to deploy evacuation slides to get everyone out. Flight 751’s crew reportedly used fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to keep the phone from smoking.
The Seattle Times reports that a Seattle port spokesman, Perry Cooper, confirmed that the phone that caught fire on the Alaska Airlines flight was a Samsung Galaxy A21 model. In an email, Cooper confirmed to the publication: “After much research, I can say that the phone burned beyond recognition. However, during an interview with one of our Seattle port officers, the passenger offered that the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, it was not possible to confirm by looking at the device’s remains. ”
When the fire broke out, the crew reportedly tried to contain the smoke using a battery containment bag. But the amount of smoke reportedly forced the deployment of evacuation slides. More than 128 passengers and crew members were transported by bus to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport terminal. The airport tweeted that some minor injuries and bruises have been reported. The Alaska Airlines aircraft was towed to a gate and had no impact on airport operations.
This isn’t the first time Samsung has entered the radar for its phones exploding and catching fire. There was a recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after several reports of explosions in various parts of the world. In April, an alleged Samsung phone kept in a man’s bag suddenly caught fire in China. Her hair, arm, and eyelashes burned. The man claimed it was a Samsung phone he bought in 2016. He also said that the phone’s battery was not changed and was not charging when it burst into flames.
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