Power bank explodes on domestic flight

Passengers and crew aboard a Thai AirAsia flight put out a fire after a power bank suddenly exploded on Saturday. (Photo: Sayan Srimai Facebook)
Passengers and crew aboard a Thai AirAsia flight put out a fire after a power bank suddenly exploded on Saturday. (Photo: Sayan Srimai Facebook)

A power bank explosion triggered chaos on a flight from Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat on Saturday morning, forcing passengers and crew to extinguish a midair fire.

The incident was reported by an Amarin TV journalist who was among the passengers on Thai AirAsia flight FD3188.

About 30 minutes after departing from Don Mueang airport at 7.20am, passengers said they saw smoke and flames coming from the 15th row of the aircraft.

Despite the chaos and confusion, those aboard were able to come together and extinguish the fire within two minutes.

The flight was able to continue and land safely at Nakhon Si Thammarat airport.

An initial investigation found burn marks on the seats near the incident. Authorities believe an exploded power bank was the cause. The device belonged to a family of seven to eight people travelling for vacation. It was in the seat pocket when it suddenly ignited.

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Vocabulary

  • chaos: a situation in which everything is confused and in a mess - ความยุ่งเหยิง, ความสับสน
  • confusion: a feeling that you do not understand something or cannot decide what to do - ความสับสน
  • explode (verb): blast, blow up, burst - ระเบิด
  • explosion (noun): the sudden violent bursting and loud noise of something such as a bomb exploding; the act of deliberately causing something to explode - การระเบิด
  • extinguish: to put out a fire - ดับไฟ
  • flames: the brightly burning gases that you see coming from a fire - เปลวไฟ, เปลวเพลิง
  • ignite: to (cause to) start burning or explode - ก่อไฟ, จุด, จุดไฟ
  • power bank: the little rechargeable batteries that can be attached to a phone when it runs out of battery -
  • smoke: dirty air that comes from burning or factory pollution, for example - ควัน
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