Chaos on Ryanair flight as passengers escape via emergency slide after phone bursts into flames moments before take-off
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Chaos on Ryanair flight as passengers escape via emergency slide after phone bursts into flames moments before take-off

PASSENGERS on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to Ibiza were forced to evacuate their plane via an emergency slide after a mobile phone caught fire just moments before take-off.

The incident occurred at Barcelona–El Prat Airport at around 5.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

It's understood that flames erupted when a holidaymaker plugged their phone into an external battery pack and placed the device in a carry-on bag in the overhead compartment.

Footage of panicked passengers evacuating the plane has been posted to social media:

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No one was injured in the drama, and passengers were brought back to the airport's terminal before being placed on another flight that evening.

In a statement, a Ryanair spokesperson told The Irish Post: "Passengers on a Barcelona-Ibiza flight (on the ground in Barcelona) on Tuesday afternoon (31 July) experienced an emergency evacuation caused by a mobile phone catching fire as it was being charged by a battery pack.

"All passengers were safely evacuated back to the terminal and cabin crew dealt with the mobile phone.

"Ryanair worked to arrange a spare aircraft to re-accommodate these passengers with the minimum delay."