Thursday, 10 May 2018

Mobile phone overheating causes divertion.

A KLM flight from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM) to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK) diverted to Phuket, Thailand (HKT/ ‎VTSP) after smoke accumulated in the cabin when a passenger's mobile phone overheated. KL 809 departed Amsterdam at 21:04 hour local time (19:04 UTC) on Tuesday the 8th May. The flight was cruising at FL390 over the Andaman Sea when a descent towards Phuket was initiated.
A normal landing was carried out at 12:41 hours local time (05:41 UTC).
KLM Stated: "A safety check has since been carried out in the cabin and the aircraft has been released for departure." The airline did not explicitly state the source of the incident. Likely the phone's lithium battery overheated. As a result, the flight has incurred an 18-hour delay. The onward flight to Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta- Kuala Lumpur has been cancelled. KLM says they regret the inconvenience this had causing their passengers.

Aircraft Information
Aircraft: Boeing 777-206
Operator: KLM
Engines: 2 GE GE90-94B
Flight Number: KL 809
Registration: PH-BQB
Serial Number: 33712
First Flew: 21/10/2003
Age: 14 Years - 7 Months 

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