Mid-flight incident: RB passengers, crew safe, unharmed

|     Hakim Hayat     |

ALL passengers and crew of a Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flight where a power bank reportedly exploded mid-flight are unharmed, the national carrier confirmed in a statement yesterday evening.

The incident was first made known to the public when a post by a Facebook user showing videos and images from the incident was shared over 2,000 times.

The videos and images showed the flight cabin filled with mild smoke and passengers covering their noses and faces as flight attendants calmly extinguished the cause of the small fire.

Facebook user Francis Ngu Hown Hua in the post also praised RB crew members for their professionalism and composure while handling the situation that would otherwise cause panic.

The RB flight BI636 was enroute from Hong Kong to Bandar Seri Begawan and landed at its destination safely and as scheduled.

“Our cabin crew are trained to follow standard operating procedures to handle such incidents professionally and to ensure the safety of our guests at all times. We carry the recommended safety equipment on board at all times,” said the airlines in a statement.

The airline also highlighted the paramount priority it takes for the safety of their guests and reminded all its guests to observe the Guide to Dangerous Goods for checked or carry-on baggage in accordance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations at www.flyroyalbrunei.com for the safety and security of all onboard RB flights.

For information, contact RB’s call centre, travel agents or visit www.flyroyalbrunei.com.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) crew put out the small fire caused by the power bank during mid-flight. – FRANCIS NGU HOWN HUA