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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199693
Last updated: 9 August 2020
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Date:13-SEP-2017
Time:c. 19:25 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:Wizz Air
Registration: HA-LPK
C/n / msn: 3143
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 147
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:N of Vik -   Iceland
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF)
Destination airport:Wroclaw-Strachowice Airport (WRO/EPWR)
Investigating agency: TSB Iceland
Narrative:
Wizz Air flight W61898 returned to land at Keflavík International Airport, Iceland, after an electronic device had caught fire on board.
The aircraft, an Airbus A320, had departed Keflavík at 19:06 UTC, bound for Wroclaw, Poland.
When just north of Vik, Iceland, while climbing through an altitude of FL310, the decision was made to turn back to Keflavík. A safe landing was made on runway 02 t 19:50 UTC.

Wizz Air stated after the incident: "a device belonging to a passenger started to burn in the cabin....Further details, such as the type of the device, can be revealed after the investigation has been completed. "
Icelandic media stated that it was an electronic cigarette that had caught fire.

E-cigarettes are known to contain lithium batteries, which can be highly flammable under certain conditions.

Sources:

http://www.ruv.is/frett/ekki-reyndist-thorf-a-slokkvistarfi-um-bord
https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/w61898#ed8de30
https://www.pprune.org/rumours-news/599488-electronic-cigarette-fire-onboard-wizzair-out-kef.html
https://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/news/2017/09/13/fire_on_board_plane_at_keflavik_international_airpo/
http://icelandmag.is/article/passenger-plane-makes-emergency-landing-keflavik-after-fire-alarm-goes
Litium Battery Safety: http://aviation-safety.net/database/issue/lithium.php

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: TSB Iceland
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of HA-LPK courtesy AirHistory.net


London - Luton (EGGW / LTN)
30 September 2017; (c) Aad van der Voet


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Sep-2017 19:56 harro Added
14-Sep-2017 19:57 harro Updated [Total occupants, Photo, ]
14-Sep-2017 20:02 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2017 20:04 harro Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2017 20:05 harro Updated [Source]
19-Dec-2019 20:10 harro Updated [Departure airport, Source, Accident report, ]

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