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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 178885
Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B788 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-ZBJG
MSN: 38614/187
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:near Irkutsk Airport (IKT/UIII) -   Russia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Seoul-Incheon International Airport (ICN/RKSI)
Destination airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL)
British Airways flight BA18 from Seoul, South Korea to London-Heathrow Airport, diverted to Irkutsk Airport (IKT) in Russia following a cabin smoke event.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner was en route at FL380 when a passenger's mobile phone began overheating. It began emitting smoke, causing the flight crew to carry out a precautionary diversion to Irkutsk. Descent was initiated at 05:27 hours UTC and a safe landing was carried out at 05:54 hours UTC (13:54 local time).

According to Russian sources the device was a Blackberry 9720. The owner reportedly accidentally allowed the phone to slide between seats were it became stuck next to a seat mounting. Pressure was used to retrieve the phone, causing damage to the battery, resulting in overheating.


Other occurrences involving this aircraft

22 Jul 2017 G-ZBJG British Airways 0 near London Heathrow Airport min


Photo of G-ZBJG courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
4 November 2020; (c) John Smitherman

Revision history:

22-Aug-2015 09:57 harro Added
22-Aug-2015 10:04 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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