Litium battery thermal event Serious incident Airbus A380-842 VH-OQD,
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Date:Monday 16 May 2016
Time:15:35 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A388 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A380-842
Registration: VH-OQD
MSN: 026
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Trent 972B-84
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:1500 km WSW of Dallas, TX, USA -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY)
Destination airport:Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW/KDFW), TX
Investigating agency: ATSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Flight QF7 was making an international trip from Sydney to Dallas when smoke was discovered in the cabin.
About 2 hours prior to the aircraft’s arrival in Dallas-Fort Worth, a passenger alerted the cabin crew to the presence of smoke in the cabin. The cabin crew then initiated the basic fire drill procedure.
Two of the cabin crew proceeded to the source of the smoke with fire extinguishers. At the same time, the customer services manager (CSM) made an all stations emergency call on the aircraft interphone to alert flight crew and other cabin crew to the presence of smoke.
The cabin crew located the source of the smoke at seat 19F, in Zone F, on the upper deck. The crew removed the seat cushions and covers from seat 19F while the CSM turned off the power to the centre column of the seats. When the seat was further dismantled, the crew found a crushed personal electronic device (PED) wedged tightly in the seat mechanism. The cabin crew assessed that the crushed PED contained a lithium battery.
By that time, the PED was no longer emitting smoke, however, a strong acrid smell remained in the cabin. The crew then manoeuvred the seat and freed the PED. The crew placed the PED in a jug of water, which was then put in a metal box and monitored for the remainder of the flight.
The flight crew did not receive any abnormal indications or warnings.
No passengers were injured and the aircraft was not damaged in the incident.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

2 July 2014 VH-OQD Qantas 0 near Los Angeles, CA unk
27 October 2018 VH-OQD Qantas 0 between Sydney and Los Angeles non
Litium battery thermal event
15 October 2023 VH-OQD Qantas 0 67.2 NM 84.7 degrees from Balgo Hill Aerodrome, NT non
Inflight fire

Revision history:

23-May-2016 16:25 AF5541 Added
23-May-2016 16:26 harro Updated [Time, Location, Country, Source]
23-May-2016 16:29 harro Updated [Cn, Narrative]
24-May-2016 06:44 harro Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Aug-2016 15:17 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]
09-Sep-2016 08:13 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2016 08:15 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2016 08:16 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2016 08:19 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2016 08:25 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2016 08:29 harro Updated [Source]

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