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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187035
Last updated: 25 February 2021
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Time:c. 22:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-231 (WL)
Owner/operator:V Air
Registration: B-22610
C/n / msn: 6294
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 169
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Taipei -   Taiwan
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE/RCTP)
Destination airport:Tokyo-Haneda International Airport (HND/RJTT)
Investigating agency: ASC
V Air flight ZV252, an Airbus A321-200 aircraft, took off from Taoyuan International Airport at 22:26 local time for Tokyo-Haneda International Airport.
At 22:50, while at the cruise altitude of FL350, the cabin crew informed the flight crew about there was smoke in the cabin near a passenger seat. The captain then requested an air turn-back to Taipei due to cabin smoke.
The smoke resulted from the burning of a non-genuine litium ion power bank which was carried by a passenger in 16B. The cabin crew extinguished the fire and put the battery in a water-filled trash can in one of the toilets.
The carpet and the seat pouch in front of seat 16B were damaged by the fire.

The aircraft returned Taoyuan International Airport and landed safely at 23:21. On board passengers and crew members were all safe.

Findings related to probable causes (from ASC report): "The occurrence power bank could have had internal malfunction or defects before it was connected to a passenger's mobile phone for charging, causing combustion and resulted in the power bank to smoke and fire. Due to the circuit-protecting board and two battery cells were burned out, the exact causes for this malfunction could not be identified consequently."

As a result of this incident, the Air Safety Council recommended the CAA Taiwan to supervise airline education and publicity programs regarding the transportation of lithium-ion battery power banks and spare lithium batteries in carry-on luggage.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ASC
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-17-04-015 issued 28 April 2017 by ASC to CAA Taiwan
Safety recommendation ASC-ASR-17-04-016 issued 28 April 2017 by ASC to CAA Taiwan


Photo of B-22610 courtesy

Nagoya - Chubu Centrair International (RJGG / NGO)
20 April 2016; (c) Leslie Snelleman

Revision history:

07-May-2016 14:14 harro Added
07-May-2016 18:10 AF5541 Updated [Total occupants, Source]
28-Apr-2017 16:24 harro Updated [Total occupants, Narrative, Photo, ]
28-Apr-2017 16:40 harro Updated [Narrative]

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