Flight To Singapore Turns Disastrous After Power Bank Explodes & Injures 2 People

The power bank exploded while the plane was preparing to take off.

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Two passengers were hurt on a Scoot flight that was about to depart from Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport to Singapore on Tuesday, 10 January, after a power bank caught fire onboard the flight

The two were scheduled to fly on flight TR993, which was scheduled to depart at 7.35pm on Tuesday and was expected to arrive in Singapore at around 12.20am on Wednesday, 11 January, reported AsiaOne.

After the airport authorities were alerted at 7.40pm last night, firefighters were sent to the scene and the plane was able to return to the airport tarmac from the runway once the fire was extinguished.

The incident also went viral on social media, with images of thick smoke covering the entire plane being shared online by witnesses onboard.

The power bank's owner and his companion both received medical attention after suffering minor burns to their fingers

However, both passengers decided to continue their journey after a medical evaluation concluded that they did not require hospital treatment.

Scoot confirmed to The Straits Times that a passenger's rechargeable power bank exploded because it overheated when the plane was about to take off. Thankfully, the plane managed to return safely to the gate after the incident.

"We are rescheduling the flight and will provide affected passengers with accommodation and meals," said the airline company.

"Scoot sincerely apologises for the incident. The safety of our customers and crew is our top priority. Investigations into the incident are underway."

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