Mobile phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

Mobile phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

OTTAWA: A passenger was burned when her mobile phone caught fire onboard a Canadian domestic flight on Thursday (Mar 1) morning, officials said.

The incident occurred at 7am (8pm, Singapore time) as Air Canada flight 101 was preparing to depart the Toronto airport for Vancouver.

"The fire was immediately extinguished by crews and there was no damage to the aircraft, however, the owner of the phone suffered injuries and was treated by emergency services who attended the aircraft," Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said.

He said the woman was able to walk off the plane in order to be treated for minor burns, but her condition was not immediately known.

The Boeing 787 jetliner with 266 passengers, meanwhile, took off after a two-hour delay.

According to the Global News, the mobile phone was a LG. The company also issued an statement, saying that they were aware of the incident and that "consumer and product safety is a top priority". 

The spokesperson for LG Canada added: "We take these claims very seriously and are in the process of gathering information in order to determine what may have occurred with this particular device." 

Source: AFP/ng