Thai AirAsia flight faces panic following power bank explosion

By Linh Le   February 27, 2024 | 03:40 pm PT
A Thai AirAsia flight from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat was thrown into chaos due to a power bank explosion.
An aircraft from Thai AirAsia. Photo from Thai AirAsias Instagram

An aircraft from Thai AirAsia. Photo from Thai AirAsia's Instagram

The Bangkok Post reported that the incident, which occurred on Saturday, led to a united effort by passengers and crew to extinguish the flames that broke out mid-flight.

Despite the chaos, the 186 passengers on board remained unharmed, and the flight proceeded to land safely at its destination in Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport on schedule.

An immediate probe into the event identified burn marks on the seat near the explosion site, and it was determined that the exploded device belonged to a family traveling on vacation.

A Feb. 19 Royal Air Philippines flight from Boracay to Shanghai underwent a similar incident when a passenger’s power bank exploded mid-air, forcing the plane to divert to Hong Kong and resulting in a three-hour delay in reaching the Chinese city, as per The Standard.

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