Samsung Galaxy A21 reportedly catches fire on plane, forces emergency evacuation

The passenger's phone overheated and started the fire after the flight from New Orleans landed.

Highlights
  • Samsung Galaxy A21 has caught fire on a plane after landing.
  • The incident took place inside a cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
  • There weren’t any serious injuries associated with the fire.

Samsung Galaxy A21 has caught fire inside the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight after landing at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. This led the crew to deploy the aircraft’s evacuation slides to remove the flight’s occupants. The passenger’s phone overheated and started the fire after the flight from New Orleans landed on Monday evening, said an Alaska Airlines spokesperson to the Associated Press. A spokesman for the Port of Seattle, Perry Cooper, who operates the airport, said the device in question to be the Samsung Galaxy A21.

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After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition. 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,” Cooper said. The Port of Seattle said that a total of 128 passengers and six crew members were transported by bus to the terminal. Fortunately, there weren’t any serious injuries associated with the fire, the port said.

Samsung Galaxy A21s

Samsung spokesperson said the company is aware of the situation and is “currently conducting a thorough investigation.” Alaska Airlines hasn’t responded yet. This isn’t the first Samsung phone that caught fire as the whole incident is reminiscent of the Galaxy Note 7 five years ago.

Samsung Galaxy A21 specifications

Samsung Galaxy A21 sports a 6.5-inch Infinity-O HD+ display with a cutout on top for the selfie camera. It is powered by an octa-core processor paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage that is further expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card. The phone runs on Android 10-based OneUI custom skin out of the box and has a 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast-charging support. Samsung Galaxy A21 rocks quad rear cameras on the back, with a 16MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide sensor, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is a 13MP shooter on the front for selfies and video chats and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.

Key Specs

Samsung Galaxy A21
MediaTek Helio P35 | 3 GBProcessor
6.5 inches Display
16 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MPRear camera
13 MPSelfie camera
4000 mAh Battery
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