Investigation report: Baggage compartment fire on WestJet flight

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

The fire damage was isolated to one passenger bag, seen here. TSB Photo

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.

See the investigation page for further information.

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