British Airways B788 near Irkutsk on Aug 21st 2015, smartphone disobeys no smoking instruction

Last Update: August 21, 2015 / 12:48:59 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 21, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-18

Aircraft Registration
G-ZBJG

ICAO Type Designator
B788

A British Airways Boeing 787-800, registration G-ZBJG performing flight BA-18 from Seoul (South Korea) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 205 passengers, was enroute at FL380 about 25nm southwest of Irkutsk (Russia) when the battery of a passenger's smartphone suffered an obvious thermal runaway and emitted smoke. The flight crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cabin and diverted the aircraft to Irkutsk while cabin crew began to cool the device down and brought the fire under control. The aircraft landed safely in Irkutsk about 15 minutes after leaving FL380.

The aircraft remained on the ground for almost three hours then was able to continue the journey and is estimated to reach London with a delay of 3 hours.

Russian Authorities reported that a passenger accidentally dropped his smartphone between the seats, the smartphone subsequently was exposed to large pressure resulting in the battery being squashed and suffering a thermal runaway.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 21, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-18

Aircraft Registration
G-ZBJG

ICAO Type Designator
B788

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