A Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Ibiza had just pushed back Tuesday late afternoon when a passenger’s cell phone which was being charged by an external battery, caught fire. Everyone was evacuated down emergency slides and onto the tarmac.
The only injuries were incurred on the slide with passengers falling over each other to get out and incurring burns from friction across the slide. Here’s video of the evacuation:
Many of the reports on this incident are of an explosion which isn’t really accurate, the device simply caught fire. Here’s video from inside the cabin with the phone on fire on the cabin floor.
The flames were put out with water from onboard the aircraft. According to the airline,
The passengers of a flight from Barcelona to Ibiza were evacuated in an emergency at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport because of a fire in a mobile phone that was being charged with an external battery.
All the passengers were evacuated from the aircraft in a safe way to the terminal and the cabin crew took charge of the device.
Last year the US federal government was requiring lithium ion batteries from devices such as laptops to be checked as luggage on many flights to the States, placing dangerous items in a part of the aircraft where fires such as this cannot easily be extinguished.
Here you can find the pics of the mobile phone and power bank that caused the #evacuation on #ryanair flight yesterday at Barcelona Airport. Caution awareness needs to be raising regarding #lithiumbattery #cabincrew #flightattendant #azafata #aeromoza #TCP #dangerousgoods pic.twitter.com/7GRA0OSz3d
— Cabin Crew Club (@club_cabin) August 1, 2018
(HT: Ken A.)
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