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This week, a passenger’s mobile phone caught fire on a British Airways flight. The plane involved was a British Airways Airbus A380 (G-XLEK) en-route on flight #BA208 from Miami to London-Heathrow (EGLL).
The flaming battery was a Li-Ion battery inside a Samsung smartphone. You can see the charred remains from the fire on the floor of the plane below:
British Airways Airbus A380 (G-XLEK) en-route on flight #BA208 from Miami to London-Heathrow (EGLL) experienced a Li-Ion battery fire inside a Samsung smartphone. The phone belonged to a passenger. The fire was extinguished and no one was hurt. @KUkcirtaP https://t.co/06A1mSch06 pic.twitter.com/iwivvmdpJs
— JACDEC (@JacdecNew) January 22, 2019
The worry is that a battery fire on a plane during a flight will cause masses of smoke, making the air unbreathable. This happened on a Ryanair flight last August, where a similar mobile phone battery caught alight and smoke from the fire filled the cabin to such an extent that the crew were forced of organise an emergency evacuation using the inflatable slides. Thankfully, the Ryanair plane was on the ground. This weeks British Airways plane was flying at the time of the incident, which is a much more terrifying scenario.
This dramatic footage shows what happened on the Ryanair flight:
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looks like it harfer to get to ibiza then we thought ive never seen so many people so scared in there life! portable charger blew up in the same row as I was sitting everyone tries to run and all I do was put it out with water 😂 luckily it was just before taking off come on people how can no one else think of doing that fire across the whole plane width of the plane emergency exits are pre fun when there's not a real emergency #ryanair #fire #emergency #panic #geteveryoneout #bombscare To use this video in a commercial player or in broadcasts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Safety experts have warned about the risks associated with portable electronic devices and allowing battery chargers on flights. According to the latest Federal Aviation Administration figures, “air/airport incidents involving lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage” happen, on average, once every 50 days.
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