Fire causes Alaska Airlines plane to land at Buffalo airport

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — First responders were called to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport Monday morning as a plane approached with a reported fire on board.

According to the website, Alaska Airlines flight 17 was supposed to travel to Seattle International airport from Newark, N.J., but landed instead in Buffalo at 8:07 a.m. EDT.

A credit card reader that was thrown into the trash somehow ignited. The fire was put out using an extinguisher, according to C. Douglas Hartmayer, spokesman for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

There are 189 people on the plane, including passengers and crew, and they are still on board at this time.

Dispatchers requested help from the Buffalo Fire Department, but those firefighters have been called away from the scene.

There are no indications of any injuries to any passengers or crew members.


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