Girl's iPhone catches fire on flight to Hawaii

"The flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up"

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Woman using smartphone in airplane during flight

America's Federal Aviation Administration has launched an investigation after a passenger's iPhone burst into flames on an Alaska Airlines flight from Washington to Hawaii.

Anna Crail was watching a film when her smartphone suddenly caught on fire.

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The 18-year-old told KOMO-TV: "When it started I thought we were going down."

She said the phone fell underneath a seat and passengers rushed to the aisles.

"All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone," Crail said from Honolulu.

"And I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone's seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up."

An Alaska Air spokesman told ABC News: "The fire was quickly extinguished by our flight attendants, who are trained for situations like these."

The FAA said it was investigating the incident and added that there were no injuries or damage and the plane continued to Honolulu.

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