Phone catches fire on Melbourne-bound Qantas flight

The place where you can discuss and learn from aviation accidents and or incidents.
Post Reply
User avatar
howie
Engine Run Up Poster
Posts: 268
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:00 am
Location: Pelican Inn
Contact:
South Africa

Phone catches fire on Melbourne-bound Qantas flight

#1

Post by howie » Wed Sep 26, 2018 4:23 pm

26 September 2018 — 3:00pm

A mobile phone has caught alight during a international Melbourne-bound Qantas flight after becoming crushed down the side of a seat.

A business class passenger is believed to have dropped their device on the QF94 flight from Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, at about 6am, and it became stuck in a seat.

When the passenger tried to retrieve it, the phone was crushed and passengers on board later reported a burnt rubber smell.

Cabin crew reportedly raced through the plane with fire extinguishers.

The flight was two hours from landing at Tullamarine and almost had to divert to Sydney amid the chaos.

It's understood cabin crew made an announcement about 10 minutes after the incident telling passengers someone had dropped their personal electronic device but everything was under control.

Qantas said cabin crew contained the situation and the captain decided to continue onto Melbourne.

"Our crew are trained to handle these situations and the crew on board followed all the correct procedures," the airline said in a statement.

"This incident shows why we ask passengers to seek help from our cabin crew in retrieving their mobile phones."

Civil Aviation Safety Authority's Peter Gibson warned passengers to follow instructions about dropped or missing phones and electronic devices on aircraft.

"Never try and retrieve the phone or device if it is anywhere near a seat mechanism," Mr Gibson said.

"Most importantly never move your seat if the phone or device is missing. Call for the cabin crew to help find and retrieve the phone or device safely."

He said lithium batteries can overheat very quickly if damaged and this can cause a fire.

"The cabin crew are trained in dealing with these issues, so rely on their expertise," he said.

"Listen to the pre-flight briefing and follow all safety instructions at all times."



User avatar
Bell 407
Site Admin
Posts: 5662
Joined: Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:35 am
Location: Johannesburg
South Africa

Re: Phone catches fire on Melbourne-bound Qantas flight

#2

Post by Bell 407 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:55 am

These devices are becoming a bit of an issue nowadays - bring back my Nokia 2010 :haha: :haha: :haha:



User avatar
howie
Engine Run Up Poster
Posts: 268
Joined: Thu Feb 09, 2012 12:00 am
Location: Pelican Inn
Contact:
South Africa

Re: Phone catches fire on Melbourne-bound Qantas flight

#3

Post by howie » Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:01 pm

Bell 407 wrote:
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:55 am
These devices are becoming a bit of an issue nowadays - bring back my Nokia 2010 :haha: :haha: :haha:
DIE BAKSTEEN



User avatar
Propnut
Engine Run Up Poster
Posts: 374
Joined: Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:00 am
Location: Durban
Contact:
South Africa

Re: Phone catches fire on Melbourne-bound Qantas flight

#4

Post by Propnut » Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:17 am

If you add in the tablets and laptops to the mix, it does raise the stakes somewhat.



Post Reply