An e-cigarette caught fire onboard a Pegasus Airlines plane and forced it to make an emergency landing

Shutterstock/Vytautas KielaitisA Pegasus Boeing 737-800
  • An e-cigarette caught fire while onboard a Pegasus Airlines flight, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing.
  • On Tuesday, Pegasus Airlines Flight 1135, a Boeing 737-800, took off from Istanbul and was forced to divert from its scheduled journey to Paris in order to make an emergency landing at ZagrebAirport in Croatia
  • Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily, reports that smoke alarms went off in the aeroplane’s cargo hold, and has confirmed a passenger’s e-cigarette caught fire in their luggage.
  • A recent report by Consumer Affairs found that federal agencies have been underestimating the number of burns, injuries, and explosions created by e-cigarettes.

An e-cigarette caught fire while onboard a Pegasus Airlines plane, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing.

On Tuesday, Pegusus Airliner Flight 1135, a Boeing 737-800, took off from Istanbul and was forced to divert from its scheduled journey to Paris in order to make an emergency landing at Zagreb Airport in Croatia.

According to FlightRadar24, a live air traffic website, it was about halfway through the flight when the Pegasus Airline plane needed to divert in the direction of Zagreb.

According to reports, a passenger’s e-cigarette caught fire in the middle of the flight. Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily, reports that smoke alarms went off in the aeroplanes cargo hold, forcing the pilots to make the emergency landing.

In a statenent to Business Insider, Pegasus Airlines said, “An electronic cigarette in one of the passenger’s bags caught fire. As a result of the precautionary measures that our pilots took to ensure the safety of our passengers, the aforementioned aircraft made a precautionary landing at Zagreb Airport. All passengers were disembarked from the aircraft safely upon landing, with no medical issues.”

According to a social media post by Turkish Air News, no intervention by the fire brigade was necessary.

While it is certainly rare for an e-cigarette to cause a fire on an aeroplane, it is not out of the ordinary for an accident like this to occur. A recent report by Consumer Affairs found that federal agencies have been underestimating the number of burns, injuries, and explosions created by e-cigarette technology, which converts liquid nicotine into mist through the heating of a battery.

A photo of the Pegasus Airline plane being attended to by emergency personnel was posted by Turkish Air News’ on social media on Tuesday morning.

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