KLM’s flight KL 809 from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Kuala Lumpur International Airport had to make an unplanned stopover today in Phuket, Thailand after smoke accumulated in the cabin when a passenger’s mobile phone overheated.
A statement from the Dutch airline said: “The crew handled the situation well and the captain opted to land the aircraft as a precautionary measure. The aircraft landed safely and at no time were passengers or crew in danger. A safety check has since been carried out in the cabin and the aircraft has been released for departure.
“Owing to compulsory crew work and rest times, the flight to Kuala Lumpur cannot continue immediately and passengers and crew are being accommodated in hotels in Phuket. As a result, the flight has incurred an 18-hour delay.”
The onward flight to Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta- Kuala Lumpur has been cancelled. KLM said it regrets the inconvenience this is causing passengers.