• Published: 18 Sep 2019
  • Incident ID: 4282

Fire in the Hold

Cause & Consequence

  • Fire or explosion
  • Electricity, electrical discharge, short circuit or overload

Contributing Factor

  • Complacency
  • Competence
  • Commitment
  • Culture

Description of Process

Routine helicopter flights from offshore to onshore carrying personal electronic devices (PEDs).

Description of Incident

Searched inbound helicopter baggage has a high number of PEDs and batteries in an unsafe condition.

Good Practice Guidance

Don’t pack or carry electrical items on charge

Don’t carry spare batteries

Do turn mobile phones to flight safe mode and switch off

Do check that laptops are fully powered down and not just on sleep mode

Do take measures to protect devices from damage and prevent them from being turned

Do ask the question if you are unsure

Do challenge another passenger if you see them putting an unsafe electronic device in their bag

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