Last updated: 11:57 AM ET, Fri September 16 2016

Cellphone Battery Catches Fire on Delta Air Lines Flight

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 16, 2016

Cellphone Battery Catches Fire on Delta Air Lines Flight

Photo via Delta Air Lines

On Friday, passengers on a Delta Air Lines flight received a scare when a phone battery caught fire and filled a portion of the cabin with smoke.

According to The Virginian-Pilot, Delta Air Lines Flight 2557 was en route from Norfolk, Virginia to Atlanta when a fire was reported in Row 34 about 15 minutes into the journey. The battery that burst into flames was not attached to a phone at the time of the incident, and it was unclear what kind of phone the battery was from.

There were no reported injuries during the incident.

A witness on the plane said the cabin began to smell of smoke and then passengers noticed the cabin filling up with it. Flight attendants found the smoldering battery and extinguished the fire with the help of several military veterans on the plane.

Passengers in the area of the fire were moved to the front of the aircraft and were instructed to sit on the floor. Attendants removed the seat cushions damaged by the fire, and the cabin was cleared of smoke a short time later.

Witnesses claim the airline told all of the passengers to keep their Samsung Galaxy Note7 phones turned off and not to charge them, due to a recent recall associated with fires caused by faulty batteries.

Following the fire onboard, attendants told everyone to turn off all cell phones.


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