Samsung Galaxy A21 catches fire on plane after landing

From CNET: A passenger's Samsung Galaxy A21 caught fire Monday inside the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, forcing the crew to deploy the aircraft's evacuation slides to remove the flight's occupants.

The passenger's phone "overheated and began sparking" after the flight from New Orleans landed Monday evening, an Alaska Airlines spokesperson told the Associated Press. Perry Cooper, a spokesman for the Port of Seattle, which operates the airport, said the device was determined to be a Samsung Galaxy A21.

"After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition," Cooper said in an email. "However, during an interview with one of our Port of Seattle Police officers, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device."

The Port of Seattle said in a series of tweets Monday evening that 128 passengers and six crew members were transported by bus to the terminal. There were no serious injuries associated with the fire, the agency said.

A Samsung spokesperson said the company is aware of the situation and "conducting a thorough investigation."

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