Litium battery thermal event Incident Boeing 737-8K5 (WL) C-GYUK,
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Date:Tuesday 25 February 2020
Time:c. 17:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-8K5 (WL)
Owner/operator:Sunwing Airlines
Registration: C-GYUK
MSN: 39094/3641
Year of manufacture:2011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:SW of Memphis, TN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cancún Airport (CUN/MMUN)
Destination airport:Calgary International Airport, AB (YYC/CYYC)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Sunwing flight WG596, a Boeing 737-800, declared an emergency for smoke in the cabin, which possibly originated from a passenger's vape pen.
The flight departed Cancun, Mexico at 21:51 UTC. About 23:30 UTC, while at the cruising altitude of FL360, smoke developed in the cabin. The lithium battery of a vape pen likely suffered a thermal runaway, causing smoke.
The cabin crew contained the smoke while the flight crew elected to divert to Memphis Airport, TN, USA.
A safe landing was carried out at Memphis at 00:01 UTC (18:01 local time).

ASN Safety Issue: Litium battery incidents


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