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Investigation report: Baggage compartment fire on WestJet flight 113, June 2018

Edmonton, Alberta, 18 January 2019 – Today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released its investigation report (A18W0081) following a baggage compartment fire that occurred on WestJet flight 113 on 14 June 2018, shortly after the aircraft departed Calgary International Airport, Alberta.

The TSB conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into this occurrence to advance transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issues.

This report highlights the hazard that lithium-ion batteries, such as those found in electronic cigarettes, pose to the safety of aircraft when stored in checked baggage. Passengers are reminded that these items must be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-360-4376