Exploding Headphones Cause Panic Mid-Flight


Australian authorities have announced they will open an investigation into the panic caused by exploding headphones in a flight between Beijing and Melbourne.

A pair of battery-powered headphones was said to have exploded and caught fire two hours into the flight, blackening and burning a female passenger’s face.

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The woman was asleep and listening to music when the incident occurred prompting her to immediately wake up at the sound of the explosion.

She tore the exploding headphones off to find them sparking, catching fire and beginning to melt.

”As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face. I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck. I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor,” the female passenger told the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Exploding Headphones



“As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane,” she added.

By that time, the battery and the plastic cover had already melted and stuck to the floor of the airplane.

ATSB reported that a smell of melted plastic, burnt electronics, and burnt hair was endured by passengers for the remainder of the flight.

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In a statement, they said it was likely the batteries inside the headphones had caught fire, rather than the headphones itself. The statement, however, failed to reveal what type of batteries or headphones were involved.

In the past, there has been a number of incidents on flights regarding lithium batteries.

A plane in Sydney was stopped from taking off when smoke started coming out from a piece of hand luggage. It was later found that the smoke was from lithium batteries which caught fire in the luggage.