Passenger suffers burns after mobile phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

Passenger suffers burns after mobile phone catches fire onboard Canada flight

A passenger is in hospital after a cellphone reportedly caught fire on an Air Canada flight departing Toronto's Pearson global airport to Vancouver Thursday morning.

The phone lit up around 07:00 in the morning, when the crew was preparing for departure.

The owner of the phone did suffer some injuries and was treated by emergency personnel who responded to the scene.

"It was very contained", he said.

Videos recorded in the aftermath of the incident show firefighters walking through the cabin and a puddle of foam from a fire extinguisher on the floor.

He said staff immediately snapped into action, extinguishing the fire and calling for any medical professional aboard to come and help.

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Toronto city councilor Joe Cressy, who was also present on the plane, tweeted after the incident.

Cressy said that the situation changed quickly from him wondering whether he was in danger to only having to worry how long the delay would be.

"Had this happened while we were mid-flight it would be a very different feeling", said Cressy.

"But the fact we were on the tarmac alleviated the situation to some degree".

The female passenger was treated by Pearson's emergency services, said Greater Toronto Airports Authority spokesperson Robin Smith.

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