VIDEO: Fire Erupts on Passenger Jet

(StraightShooterNews.com) – In a disturbing turn of events, a startling new video shows a Delta plane catching fire, leading to a full evacuation at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The footage captured a fireball and black smoke rising from the front of the Airbus jet just below the cockpit soon after it landed.

Watch the video below.

Delta Flight 604 from Cancun, Mexico, landed safely at the Washington airport but things went wrong when the aircraft was plugged into the terminal’s electrical network.

According to SEA spokesperson Perry Cooper, the plug-in shorted out and caused sparks that ignited a fire beneath the cockpit of the Airbus A321.

He said the pilots smelled smoke and instructed the crew to deploy the emergency exit slides.

“I think people responded to that with panic, there was a little bit of jostling in the aisles to get to the exit,” said Ashwin Menon, a Seattle software engineer returning from vacation with his wife. “But overall it was a pretty smooth evacuation process.”

The surveillance footage shows passengers walking out onto the wing before sliding down the inflatable chutes to safety.

“It was like just jump out, jump onto the slides, and within a couple minutes, everyone was out,” Menon said. “I was calmer than I thought I would be. I’m quite afraid of flying.”

Cooper said about two-thirds of the 189 passengers exited via the slides, while the rest had already gone through the passenger loading bridge.

Seattle fire officials arrived, but the fire had already extinguished itself. According to the airport spokesperson, officials checked a few people for possible injuries from the slide, but no one needed hospital care.

The evacuated passengers were taken into the terminal via a stairway to the loading bridge and then sent to international arrivals processing and customs.

“Out of an abundance of caution, slides were deployed and passengers still on board deplaned via the rear of the aircraft,” Delta said. “Passengers were fully evacuated, and those deplaned to the ramp returned to the terminal via the ramp stairs.”

“The aircraft has been removed from service for inspection and maintenance,” it added.

An investigation into the exact cause of the fire is still ongoing.

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