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Pax and crew use orange juice to douse plane fire

February 27, 2018 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

When fire broke out in an overhead locker on a China Southern Airlines domestic flight on Sunday, passengers and cabin crew threw bottled orange juice and water over the blaze while other passengers filmed it on their phones – as shown in a passenger video.

The blaze was caused by a power bank catching fire in someone’s bag, Channel News Asia reported.

The plane was apparently on the ground at the time. The incident happened while passengers were boarding flight CZ3539 from Guangzhou to Shanghai.

The airline said later in a post that fire and security departments helped put out the fire, which did not cause further damage. Some observers were critical of the handling, saying fire extinguishers, rather than orange juice, should have been used.

Photo on Chinese microblogging site Weibo shows blaze in overhead locker

The owner of the blazing bag was questioned by police, although the power bank was not in use when the fire broke out, reports said.

Passengers departed on a replacement aircraft after a delay of about three hours.

Lithium-ion batteries can suddenly combust. Passengers must not pack spare lithium ion batteries in checked baggage and spares must be packed in carry-on baggage or carried on the person, international civil aviation regulations state.

Whether that sort of battery was the cause of the fire is not yet known.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. RobertP says:

    “WHY” DIDN’T THE CREW USE THE PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGISHERS – that’s what there for
    Says alot for the crew EP training

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