Overheating Cell Phone Prompts Emergency Landing on Transatlantic Flight

Paul Lilly

A transatlantic flight traveling from Milan to New York was forced into emergency landing procedures courtesy of a passenger's overheating mobile phone.

The passenger had plugged his phone in to be charged but didn't notice that it had begun to overheat. It subsequently melted and sent smoke wafting through the cabin, which then triggered a fire alarm.

At first it was unclear what caused the smoke. The cabin crew couldn't find the source, and the passenger had no idea his cell phone was the culprit. After the plane was cleared of some 167 passengers at Shannon Airport, an inspection took place and the melted phone was found.

The passenger was allowed to remain on board when the flight resumed four hours later.

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