Litium battery thermal event Serious incident Airbus A320-214 HB-JZY,
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Date:Thursday 18 May 2023
Time:13:55 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A320-214
Owner/operator:easyJet UK
Registration: HB-JZY
MSN: 4196
Year of manufacture:2010
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 185
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Category:Serious incident
Location:NE of Geneva -   Switzerland
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG)
Destination airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM)
Investigating agency: STSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
EasyJet UK flight U21517, an Airbus A320-214, returned to land back at Geneva Airport after smoke was observed emanating from one of the overhead bins shortly after takeoff.
The aircraft made a safe landing 17 minutes after takeoff.

It was determined that an electronic cigarette battery ignited in the overhead baggage compartment and a fire broke out. Four crew members and nine passengers suffered minor injuries.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: STSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


Revision history:

19-May-2023 14:01 harro Added
19-May-2023 14:04 harro Updated
22-May-2023 19:49 Gandalfenegger Updated
13-Jul-2023 10:12 harro Updated

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