Cellphone catches fire aboard Air Canada flight

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

In an email statement, Air Canada said that as a flight was preparing to depart from Pearson at around 7 a.m. on Thursday March 1, a passenger's cell phone "began to burn".

As soon as fire broke out, it was extinguished by in-flight crew members and there was no damage to the aircraft.

The AC101 aircraft - a Boeing 787 - had 266 passengers on board.

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A British Columbia-bound flight was delayed after a passenger's cellphone ignited in flames just before takeoff, officials said.

Peel police said the cellphone involved in Thursday's incident was made by LG Electronics Inc.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority confirmed their airport Fire and Emergency Services staff responded as a matter of precaution.

Another passenger who identified herself as a doctor said she was seated in the row behind the victim, and saw what she believed to be a first-degree burn in the shape of a phone on the woman's hand.

Once the situation was under control, the plane was able to takeoff and head to Vancouver. However, it's not clear what caused the phone to catch fire.

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