An Alaska Airlines flight had to evacuate shortly after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Washington, on August 23 after a passenger’s mobile device went on fire.
At around 8:30 pm, a local fire department responded to a report of a fire on Flight 751, which had arrived from New Orleans. After a preliminary investigation, it was determined that a passenger’s cell phone in the aircraft’s cabin had caught on fire. The device type was named in a local report citing Perry Cooper, a spokesman for the Port of Seattle. Storyful has not independently confirmed the device type.
Local media reported that 128 passengers and six crew members evacuated the plane. Some passengers had minor scrapes and bruises.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said that passengers were transported by bus to the terminal. The aircraft was towed to a gate and there were no impacts to airport operations.
This video shows passengers exiting the aircraft down an inflatable slide. Credit: Michelle Blum Atkinson via Storyful