An American Airlines flight from Dallas/Fort Worth Airport was diverted to Little Rock on Thursday afternoon after a passenger’s e-cigarette “malfunctioned,” the airline said in a statement.
The plane, which was bound for Indianapolis and carrying 137 passengers, landed safely at the Clinton National Airport in Little Rock at 1:50 p.m, the airline said. No passengers were injured.
Gina Wood, a passenger on the flight, said the incident happened when another passenger’s e-cigarette battery pack began “smoking and sparking.”
Flight attendants put the battery pack in the first-class lavatory and used a fire extinguisher several times, Wood said. The flight landed in Little Rock about 30 minutes after the smoking battery pack was noticed.
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American Airlines has reported the incident to the Federal Aviation Administration, according to its statement.
The airline was sending a replacement plane to Little Rock to fly the passengers to Indianapolis.
E-cigarettes are allowed in carry-on baggage on American Airlines flights. Lithium ion batteries, which some e-cigarettes use, are also allowed in carry-on items but are prohibited from being used on board.