Airplane evacuated in Boston after a passenger’s carry-on baggage caused a small fire

A plane about to take off for Pittsburgh was evacuated in Boston Wednesday after a passenger’s carry-on baggage caused a small fire, airline officials said.

The small fire broke out on Republic Airways Delta Flight 5643 while the aircraft was at the gate of Boston Logan International Airport.

The fire broke out in a passenger’s hand luggage and was quickly extinguished, officials added. No serious injuries were reported.

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The air traffic control tower at Boston Logan Airport on Wednesday March 13, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki / MediaNews Group / Boston Herald via Getty Images)

An emergency slide appeared to have been deployed and first responders were on site, like that Pictures posted on social media.

Passengers and crew members eventually swapped planes and continued on to Pittsburgh, officials added.

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“The safety of our passengers and crew is our greatest concern, and we are grateful to the first responders who were on site quickly to make sure the situation was contained,” said Lauren Gaudion, a Republic Airways spokeswoman.

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Gaudion said officials are still awaiting confirmation from the authorities at Logan International Airport as to what caused the fire.

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