Power bank catches fire in a flight's overhead cabin luggage


A replacement aircraft was brought in to the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, where it departed for Shanghai three hours after the originally scheduled flight.

A video showing a China Southern Airlines flight attendant putting out a fire inside the overhead cabin of an aircraft has gone viral online. The entire incident was captured on a video which was posted to China Aviation Review's Twitter account. Passengers of flight CZ3539 saw smoke and fire arise from a passenger's bag in the overhead cabin.

The statement from the aircraft, as reported by the site, said the fire was put out with the help of the fire and security department. The airline said there were no injuries related to the incident.

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

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The owner of the power bank was taken in by the police for further investigation while the rest of the passengers were placed on a replacement aircraft, which departed nearly three hours later than the scheduled departure time.

The incident took place on Sunday when flight 3539 from Guangzhou to Shanghai witnessed flames coming out from a power bank kept in one of the bags in the plane. The batteries are banned from checked luggage, but are allowed in carry-on luggage, as long as they are turned off.

A China Southern Airlines airplane arrives at the newly-built terminal 2 building at Tianjin airport, China, Aug. 28, 2014.