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In a harrowing mid-flight incident, a commercial aircraft en route from Boracay to Shanghai was compelled to make an emergency landing late Monday night at Hong Kong International Airport. The emergency landing was triggered by a sudden explosion of a passenger’s powerbank, filling the aircraft cabin with smoke and prompting panic among passengers.

Eyewitnesses reported that smoke began billowing from the front section of the aircraft shortly after the powerbank exploded. Passengers, alarmed by the situation, swiftly evacuated towards the rear of the plane to escape the smoke.

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The pilot, exercising caution and prioritizing passenger safety, promptly decided to divert the flight and execute an emergency landing at Hong Kong International Airport. Fortunately, no injuries were reported among the passengers or crew despite the alarming circumstances.

The powerbank explosion raises concerns over airline safety regulations and the use of portable electronic devices on flights. Philippine civil aviation regulations stipulate that power banks with a maximum capacity of 27,000 mAh are permitted in the cabin, while checked luggage is prohibited from containing such devices.

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the powerbank explosion. Meanwhile, passengers were safely accommodated following the incident, and the flight eventually resumed its journey to Shanghai, albeit with a delay of approximately three hours.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of adhering to aviation safety protocols and the need for enhanced awareness regarding the safe use of portable electronic devices during air travel. Further updates on the investigation and any regulatory changes will be provided as they develop.

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