Passenger burned in cellphone fire on Air Canada flight

A passenger was burned in a fire caused by a cellphone on board an Air Canada flight today morning, just as the aircraft was preparing to leave Toronto en route to Vancouver.

The incident happened at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday on board Air Canada flight AC101, at Pearson International Airport, an airline spokesperson said. The cellphone owner was injured in the fire, but was able to walk off the plane without assistance to be treated for burns.

“The fire was immediately extinguished by crews and there was no damage to the aircraft,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said.

Fitzpatrick did not have information on the passenger’s current condition.

The fire happened on board a Boeing 787-9 with 266 passengers bound for Vancouver. The flight was delayed by approximately two hours.

The make and model of the phone is currently unknown.