Indigo A320 near Chennai on Sep 23rd 2016, Galaxy 2 smoke

Last Update: September 23, 2016 / 15:50:00 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 23, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
6E-54

Destination
Chennai, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-IAQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

An Indigo Airbus A320-200, registration VT-IAQ performing flight 6E-54 from Singapore (Singapore) to Chennai (India), was descending towards Chennai when a passenger noticed smoke coming from the overhead locker near seat row 23. Cabin crew identified a Galaxy Note 2 smartphone had overheated, extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher and doused the phone with water before securing it into a container. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Chennai's runway 25.

India's DGCA confirmed a smartphone Lithium Battery had suffered a thermal runaway. The occurrence is being investigated.

The airline reported a number of passengers noticed the smell of smoke and alerted cabin crew, cabin crew identified the source of minor smoke in the overhead locker above seat 23C, alerted the flight crew, used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out and transferred the phone into a water filled container located in a lavatory. The phone was identified to be a Galaxy Note 2.

Galaxy Note 7 smartphones have been called back by Samsung due to several thermal runaways of their batteries and high probability of further such events, several civil aviation authorities have banned the use or charging of such phones on board of aircraft.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Sep 23, 2016

Classification
Incident

Flight number
6E-54

Destination
Chennai, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-IAQ

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320

ICAO Type Designator
A320

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