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Woman Burnt After Headphones EXPLODE On Flight To Melbourne

A warning has been issued after a woman was left with a burnt face, hand and hair when her headphones blew up during a flight from Beijing to Melbourne.

The woman, whose identity has been concealed by The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), said she was listening to music on the battery-operated headphones when she fell asleep about two hours into the flight, Fairfax reported.

She woke to a loud explosion and “I felt burning on my face," she said.

"I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire."

Cabin crew doused the headphones with water, but they had already melted enough to stick to the floor of the aircraft.

The warning from the ATSB mentioned that the potential for in-flight issues has increased as the range of products using batteries increases.

They said battery-powered devices should be stowed when not in use and spare batteries must be kept in carry-on baggage, not checked baggage.

The make and model of the headphones is not known.

Fairfax 

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