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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178885
Last updated: 24 May 2020
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Date:21-AUG-2015
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B788 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-ZBJG
C/n / msn: 38614/187
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII) -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI)
Destination airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Narrative:
British Airways flight BA18 from Seoul, South Korea to London-Heathrow Airport, diverted to Irkutsk Airport (IKT) in Russia following a cabin smoke event.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was en route at FL380 when a passenger's mobile phone began overheating. It began emitting smoke, causing the flight crew to carry out a precautionary diversion to Irkutsk. Descent was initiated at 05:27 hours UTC and a safe landing was carried out at 05:54 hours UTC (13:54 local time).

According to Russian sources the device was a Blackberry 9720. The owner reportedly accidentally allowed the phone to slide between seats were it became stuck next to a seat mounting. Pressure was used to retrieve the phone, causing damage to the battery, resulting in overheating.

Sources:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/ba-dreamliner-plane-grounded-by-passengers-overheated-mobile-phone-10465157.html
https://www.flightradar24.com//data/airplanes/g-zbjg/#72ef110
http://lifenews.ru/news/159750


Images:

Photo of G-ZBJG courtesy AirHistory.net


London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
8 January 2019; (c) Paul Seymour

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Aug-2015 09:57 harro Added
22-Aug-2015 10:04 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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