Electrical Fire Causes Emergency Evacuation of Delta Plane at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

by Anthony Losanno
Delta Seattle Fire

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An electrical fire in the nose of a Delta Airbus A321neo caused the evacuation of the aircraft via emergency slides shortly after it arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) from Cancún International Airport (CUN) yesterday. The aircraft had just parked at the gate when the emergency was declared and passengers were evacuated.

The flight arrived and the pilots noticed that smoke was coming out from underneath the aircraft.  “Out of an abundance of caution” the captain evacuated the 189 passengers. All were safely deplaned without injuries. Emergency slides were deployed to assist with the evacuation. A short in an electric cord caused the fire and has since been repaired.

Delta issued the following statement:

During deplaning Monday evening, the crew of Flight 604 from Cancun to Seattle witnessed smoke in the aircraft nose area after plugging into ground electrical power. Out of an abundance of caution, slides were deployed and passengers still on board deplaned via the rear of the aircraft. Passengers were fully evacuated, and those deplaned to the ramp have returned to the terminal via the ramp stairs. All passengers have exited to customs in the International Arrivals Facility for regular processing. The aircraft has been removed from service for inspection and maintenance.”

Anthony’s Take: This is a relatively new aircraft. It’s good that the plane was safely evacuated without injury.

(Featured Image Credit: @JacdecNew via X.)

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Greg May 8, 2024 - 12:46 pm

Wow another AIRBUS incident what is going on there

(in response to the Boeing hysteria)

Some Dude May 15, 2024 - 5:34 am

A faulty airport repair to the airport’s electrical cable being connected to the parked airplane started the fire. Delta is absolved. Airbus is absolved. However, now, the Seattle Washington’s airport’s DEI related hiring of unqualified repairmen jumps to the forefront here. Again, this fire was caused by the airport and the airport’s equipment.

Some Dude May 15, 2024 - 5:28 am

Interesting to note, the airport caused the fire with a faulty electrical cable repair (more DEI related problems?? Hmm.). Also, at 9.38.49 PM the fire begins, it is not until 9.44PM that fire control shows up. That’s five minutes of burning fire on an airplane with 190 people being evacuated and fuel sill in the tanks.


I say that is an extremely terrible response time.


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