WATCH: Fire breaks out in overhead compartment on flight

2015-03-16 11:15
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Cape Town - Cabin crew on board a KLM flight from Amsterdam to Bangkok experienced a few tense moments when a small fire broke out in an overhead compartment.

The incident took place on Sunday morning as the plane was taxiing to its gate at Suvarnabhumi Bangkok International Airport, the Daily Mail reports.

Fortunately the smoke was detected quickly and flight attendants jumped into action immediately

One of the passengers on board managed to capture a few photographs of the incident as well a video and shared them on Twitter:

While the airline has said that they are still investigating the incident, the passenger tweeted that it was caused by a lithium ion battery inside another flyer's hand luggage.

According to an article on AirSafe.com, lithium ion batteries are allowed on flights, but within limits. Most airlines allow passengers to board with consumer-sized batteries, which no more than 8 grams of lithium content. This size generally covers AA, AAA, 9-volt, cell phone, PDA, camera, handheld game, standard laptop computer batteries, or a camcorder battery.

KLM also has very clear rules for bringing lithium ion batteries on board in the Restricted Articles section on their site:

"Loose lithium batteries, such as rechargeable lithium batteries and AA lithium batteries for laptops and DVD players, may only be carried in hand baggage. Each spare battery must be packed in the original packaging. If you no longer have this packaging, you must cover the battery contact points with tape to insulate them and pack each battery in a separate plastic bag."

KLM has said that the plane will be investigated thoroughly and necessary repairs made before it returns to service. 

The cabin crew on the flight carrying 321 passengers were praised for their quick response. 

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