Alaska Airlines flight evacuates after landing at Sea-Tac due to cell phone fire, officials say
Aug 24, 2021, 5:54 AM
An Alaska Airlines flight arriving from New Orleans had to evacuate shortly after landing at Sea-Tac Airport due to a cell phone fire Monday evening, officials said.
At about 8:30 p.m., the Port of Seattle Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the cargo hold of Flight 751.
Alaska Airlines officials said based on a preliminary investigation, as the aircraft was waiting for a gate, a passenger’s cell phone caught on fire.
Crews used a battery containment bag and extinguished the fire, according to officials.
After the fire was contained, 128 passengers and six crew members evacuated the plane safely. Some passengers had minor injuries.
Passengers boarded buses to the terminal.
Some passengers sent pictures from inside the plane when it was filled with smoke.
Officials said the plane was towed to a gate and there was no impact on airport operations.
Airline officials said the plane is a 737-900.
Earlier this evening, POSFD responded to a report of a fire in the cargo hold of Alaska Airlines Flight 751. Upon arrival, the fire was contained and passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/rY2cFgrmUH
— Seattle-Tacoma Intl. Airport (@flySEA) August 24, 2021