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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233255
Last updated: 26 February 2020
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Date:25-FEB-2020
Time:c. 17:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-8K5 (WL)
Owner/operator:Sunwing Airlines
Registration: C-GYUK
C/n / msn: 39094/3641
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:SW of Memphis, TN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cancún Airport (CUN/MMUN)
Destination airport:Calgary International Airport, AB (YYC/CYYC)
Narrative:
Sunwing flight WG596, a Boeing 737-800, declared an emergency for smoke in the cabin, which possibly originated from a passenger's vape pen.
The flight departed Cancun, Mexico at 21:51 UTC. About 23:30 UTC, while at the cruising altitude of FL360, smoke developed in the cabin. The lithium battery of a vape pen likely suffered a thermal runaway, causing smoke.
The cabin crew contained the smoke while the flight crew elected to divert to Memphis Airport, TN, USA.
A safe landing was carried out at Memphis at 00:01 UTC (18:01 local time).

Sources:

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/cancun-flight-bound-for-calgary-diverted-to-memphis-after-smoke-reported-on-board-1.4827799
https://www.wmcactionnews5.com/2020/02/26/canadian-bound-flight-makes-emergency-landing-memphis/
ASN Safety Issue: Litium battery incidents


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2020 11:53 harro Added
26-Feb-2020 12:07 harro Updated [Embed code]
26-Feb-2020 17:36 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]

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