A power bank caught fire in the overhead compartment on a China Southern Airlines flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai passengers had to disembark.
China Southern Airlines said in a statement on Chinese microblogging site Weibo that passengers were boarding flight CZ3539 when smoke and fire was seen coming from a passenger’s bag in the overhead bin.
The fire was put out with the help of the fire and security departments, and did not cause further damage, the airline said in the post.
The passenger who owned the bag was taken to assist the police in investigations, and preliminary investigations show that the power bank was not in use when it caught fire, the airline added.
replacement aircraft was deployed and it eventually left Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport for Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 2.53pm China time – almost three hours after the scheduled departure time