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Charger fire at Dumaguete Airport prompts CAAP safety reminder

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Dumaguete Airport's ARFF responded to the electronic item on fire inside the passenger terminal building. (Photo: CAAP)

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) has issued a safety reminder following a minor fire incident at Dumaguete Airport on June 23, 2024.

The incident, involving a burning laptop charger, resulted in the temporary relocation of approximately 160 passengers.

According to a report received by CAAP Area Center 7, smoke began emanating from a laptop charger plugged into an electrical outlet in the departure area at around 8:23 PM.

CAAP security personnel responded swiftly, extinguishing the fire within two minutes using a fire extinguisher.

(Photo: CAAP)

As a precautionary measure, passengers were temporarily moved to the ramp area at 8:27 PM due to the strong smell of smoke.

They were allowed to return to the pre-departure area at 8:40 PM. No flights were affected by the incident.

In response to the event, CAAP emphasized the importance of passenger vigilance regarding electronic devices at airports.

“CAAP strongly encourages the public to be vigilant with their electronic gadgets at airports, ensuring they are properly inspected and in good condition to prevent any potential incidents,” the authority stated in its press release.

This incident serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with electronic devices in airport settings.

Passengers are advised to inspect their gadgets thoroughly before using airport power outlets to charge their devices.

Written by
Dirk Andrei Salcedo

An aviation enthusiast turned creator of the top aviation news portal in the Philippines, Dirk has a deep passion for everything that flies. When he's not keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, he also volunteers with a major humanitarian organization, impacting people on the ground and in the sky.

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