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China Southern Airlines flight delayed after portable charger bursts into flames

Feb 26. 2018
The fire caused a three-hour flight delay on flight CZ3539, which had been scheduled to depart for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.//Photos : Screengrabs from Twitter
The fire caused a three-hour flight delay on flight CZ3539, which had been scheduled to depart for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.//Photos : Screengrabs from Twitter
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By The Straits Times
Asia News Network

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BEIJING: A portable charger burst into flames in the overhead compartment of a China Southern Airlines plane on Sunday afternoon (Feb 25), as passengers were boarding at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.

The incident caused a three-hour flight delay on flight CZ3539, which had been scheduled to depart for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at around noon.

China Southern Airlines said on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that a passenger's cabin bag had emitted smoke and fire during the boarding process.

However, the fire was quickly extinguished by airport firefighters and security officers, it said.

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Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire was caused by a portable charger, which was not in use at the time.

The owner of the cabin bag is currently assisting in investigations.

In a video that has been making rounds online, a flight attendant and a passenger are seen trying to douse the flames using bottles of water and juice.

Portable chargers and lithium-ion batteries - used in many consumer devices from laptops to toys - typically have to be hand carried on flights and cannot be checked in. There are also restrictions on the watt-hour (Wh) ratings of these items.

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