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Mobile battery behind A380 cabin smoke event

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a recent cabin smoke event on a Qantas-operated Airbus A380, which was traced to a mobile phone battery.

The A380, registration VH-OQD, was operating a flight from Sydney to Dallas-Fort Worth on 16 May when the incident occurred.

The Bureau says on its investigations and reports webpage that the jet was around 3,000km west-south-west of Dallas when smoke was detected in the aircraft’s cabin.

“It was subsequently determined that a mobile phone battery was the source of the smoke,” it adds.

The occurrence has been classified as a serious incident by the ATSB, which is gathering more information from the operator, and plans to finish its investigation in September.

Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer shows that the A380, MSN 026, was built in 2008 and is owned by a Qantas-linked special purpose vehicle.

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