© Scott Criscione

© Scott Criscione

An electronic cigarette in a Delta Airlines passenger’s carry-on bag ignited Wednesday night while MD-90 aircraft was still on the tarmac, causing the flight to be delayed.

Delta flight 689 from Atlanta to St. louis was scheduled to depart at 7:25 p.m. Instead, it departed Atlanta at 7:50 p.m.

Delta spokeswoman Ashley Black said, “During the boarding process of Delta Flight 689 traveling from ATL to STL around 7 p.m. Wednesday night, a customer’s bag ignited from an e-cigarette. The bag was safely extinguished with no damage to the aircraft. The flight departed about 20 minutes past scheduled departure. 160 passengers and 6 crew wereon board.”


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