Mobile phone sparks fire on Qantas flight

A smartphone battery sparked a fire on a Qantas flight, prompting an investigation. 

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the Sydney to Los Angeles flight that left on June 21. 

The incident occurred when a passenger’s smartphone slipped between the seats and crushed the reclining mechanism, six-and-a-half hours into the 13 hour flight.

The battery then burst into flames, causing crew member to extinguish the blaze and the flight continued onto LA. 

The ATSB confirmed the incident, and said it would seek information from Qantas as part of its investigation, reports. 

Qantas and other Australian airlines banned the carriage of lithium-ion batteries in cargo holds last year after they were found to pose an unacceptable risk of fire.