Sri Lankan crew averts mid-air fire caused by phone


Crew on a Sri Lankan Airlines plane carrying 202 passengers have extinguished a mid-flight fire triggered by a mobile phone battery in an overhead locker, the carrier said Monday (31). The airline said a “major” incident was averted by the quick-thinking attendants on the flight Sunday (30) from Kochi in India to Colombo. Smoke was detected shortly after a meal service on the 70-minute flight, it said. The smoke came from an overhead bin, the airline added, thanking its crew for “averting a major incident”. Crew suspected a lithium battery fire and put the luggage in water after failing to stop the…

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