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Panic grips passengers on Bengaluru-bound flight, as laptop burst into flames

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Panic gripped passengers on a Bengaluru-bound IndiGo flight from Thiruvananthapuram after cabin crew noticed flames emanating from a hand baggage, which was quickly put out with a fire extinguisher, the airline said on Monday.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday, has been reported to the aviation regulator – the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it said.

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“IndiGo crew operating flight 6E-445 from Thiruvananthapuram to Bengaluru noticed the smoke in the cabin.

“The crew quickly identified minor sparks coming from the hat-rack of seat 24RH and immediately informed the commander,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The Airbus A320 aircraft, carrying 186 passengers and six crew, made a normal landing, an IndiGo spokesperson said.

Taking precautionary measures, the cabin crew, on priority basis, relocated all passengers from adjacent seats, airline said. Smoke coming out of a black laptop placed in the hand baggage was put out with a fire extinguisher.

The laptop was then transferred into a container filled with water in the lavatory, the airline said.

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The aircraft made a normal landing at Bengaluru airport were all passengers were deplaned safely, the statement said.


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