Runaway battery causes fire in overhead bin Spirit Airlines flight

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On 1 March, a Spirit Airlines Airbus A320 (registered N695NK) operated domestic flight NK259 between Dallas Fort Worth (DFW), Texas, and Orlando (MCO), Florida, United States, when a battery from a passenger’s item caught fire in an overhead bin.

A retired fireman, assisted by the crew, was able to extinguish the fire.

The pilots decided to divert to Jacksonville (NIP), Florida, where emergency services awaited the aircraft.

In total, ten passengers and crew members were hospitalised with minor injuries.

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