The flight departs from Barcelona, Ibiza, was evacuated just before take-off.
Images of Barcelona captured the dramatic moment in a panic of tourists on a Ryanair plane escaped via the emergency chute after a passenger’s mobile phone battery in flames minutes before take-off.
Travelers could be seen falling over each other in an attempt to get away from the aircraft as fast as they could, right after the inflatable slide is activated.
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@Ryanair Evacuation today at the Barcelona airport because of passenger electronic device #lithiumbattery #cabincrew #cabincrewlife #cabincrewtraining #azafata #flightattendant #aeromoza #TCP #safety #evacuation pic.twitter.com/u8fPFuM6KD
— The crew of the Club (@club_cabin) July 31, 2018
The drama happened around 5.30 pm on Tuesday at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport as the packed plane was preparing to take off for Ibiza.
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No medical attention, although some passengers are said to have suffered slight burns when they slid down the emergency chute.
it seems harfer to get to ibiza than we thought, I’ve never seen so many people so scared that there is in life! portable charger blew in the same row as I was everyone trying to run and everything I do wash it out with water ? luckily it was just before the take-off come on people how can no one else think of doing that fire over the whole plane width of the plane emergency exits are pre fun when there is not a real emergency #ryanair #fire #emergency #panic #geteveryoneout #bombscare To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Video taken by onlookers and the other passengers already in the airplane turned out to be the moments of tension, sparked by the plane to fill with smoke.
The passengers were taken to the airport Terminal while they waited to board another plane and their luggage transferred to the new flight. Firefighters were not called to deal with the incident.
Photos that claim to show the phone, and the damage to the aircraft, were later shared on Twitter.
Here you will find the photos of the mobile phone and the power bank that is the cause of the #evacuation #ryanair flight yesterday at the Airport of Barcelona. Please note that awareness should be related to the increase of #lithiumbattery #cabincrew #flightattendant #azafata #aeromoza #TCP #dangerousgoods pic.twitter.com/7GRA0OSz3d
— The crew of the Club (@club_cabin) August 1, 2018
The unnamed passenger whose mobile caught fire is said to be from New Zealand. The device is believed to be in a suitcase in the storage area above his seat.
“The passengers of a flight from Barcelona to Ibiza were evacuated in an emergency at the Barcelona El Prat Airport due to a fire in a mobile phone is charging with an external battery,” a spokesman for Ryanair said in a statement on Tuesday. “All passengers were evacuated from the aircraft on a safe way to the terminal and the cabin crew took over the leadership of the unit.”
“Ryanair is working to organise a replacement aircraft to re-accommodate passengers as quickly as possible,” the airline added.
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A relieved passenger said that it was a little bit of luck, the phone does not catch fire “when we were already on the job.”
“We were a little more than 100 metres away from the [gate] button when the device exploded and smoke started to come. Luckily, I was in the first row, and I opened the emergency door before the pilot activated the chute.”
Another passenger, Jordi Vilagut, told a Catalan TV station the incident had caused the plane to fill with smoke and some flames.
He said that the evacuation was more like a “stampede”, because the cabin crew rushing to get the passengers off the plane as quickly as possible.
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This article originally appeared on The Sun.