Malindo B738 enroute on Oct 24th 2015, e-cigarette inadvertently activated

Last Update: October 26, 2015 / 16:57:51 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 24, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OD-1003

Aircraft Registration
9M-LNS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

According to Kuala Lumpur Police a Malindo Air Boeing 737-800, registration 9M-LNS performing flight OD-1003 from Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was enroute when a passenger was watching the video on the aircraft's inflight entertainment system. Having placed his bag onto his lap he suddenly felt intense heat on his thighs, opened the bag and discovered that his electronic e-cigarette had been inadvertently switched on and had burned through the bag. Cabin crew took care of the bag while a doctor on board assisted the passenger, who received burns to his thighs and left hand. The aircraft continued to Kuala Lumpur for a safe landing about 2 hours after departure.

Kuala Lumpur police added that the Malindo flight, a Boeing 737-800, departed Kota Kinabalu at about 18:45L and landed in Kuala Lumpur at 20:44L, the passenger lodged a complaint with police shortly afterwards. Malindo Air did not report/confirm such an occurrence however.

Malindo flight OD-1003, a Boeing 737-800 registration 9M-LNS, departed Kota Kinabalu at 17:10L and landed in Kuala Lumpur at 19:15L, flight OD-1005, Boeing 737-800 registration 9M-LNM, departed Kota Kinabalu at 19:15L and landed in Kuala Lumpur at 21:30L.

Air Asia flight AK-5133, an Airbus A320-200 registration 9M-AJK departed Kota Kinabalu at 18:38L and landed in Kuala Lumpur at 20:44L, matching the police report's times. According to Air Asia's website their A320s do not feature inflight entertainment systems however.

On Oct 26th 2015 Malindo Air confirmed the incident happened on their flight OD-1003 when the device caught fire at 18:02L, cabin crew took immediate action and contained the situation. The flight continued to Kuala Lumpur. The passenger received superficial burns and was taken to a hospital after landing.

On Oct 26th 2015 Kuala Lumpur's Police added, that after interviewing the passenger they decided that the occurrence was not a criminal act but negligence on the part of the passenger owning the vape, as the case is thus not under police jurisdiction police proceedings have been aborted.

Malaysia's DGCA are conducting an internal investigation to establish, whether ICAO rules have been complied with, that demand that no battery powered electronic smoking devices, including e-cigarettes, are permitted in checked luggage, prohibits the recharging of such devices in flight and requires batteries are removed from such devices and stored in safe storage in the aircraft cabin.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 24, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OD-1003

Aircraft Registration
9M-LNS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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