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Releases Final Report of China Airlines Flight CI027 Occurrence Investigation

Publication Date 2018-01-05
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The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) releases final report on investigation of a China Airlines flight CI027, during cruising, smoke emanated from a mobile phone in cabin. 

On December 7, 2016, a China Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft, registration number B-18605, took off from Roman Tmetuchl International Airport to Taoyuan International Airport to execute a schedule passenger flight. There were 2 flight crews, 6 cabin crews and 133 passengers, total 141 people on board. While this aircraft was cruising at 38,000 feet, smoke emanated from a mobile phone while it was charging. The cabin crew put out the smoke. The captain continued the flight to the destination upon confirming that there would be no more safety concerns for this flight.

In accordance with the Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, Republic of China (R.O.C) and the content of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Organization, the Aviation Safety Council, an independent agency of the ROC government is responsible for the occurrence investigation. The organizations been invited to join the investigation team included: Civil Aeronautics Administration of Ministry of Transportation and Communication, National Communications Commission, China Airlines and Taiwan Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Findings related to probable causes: The battery of occurrence mobile phone could have developed short circuit during charging, causing high temperature within the closed space of the mobile phone, and subsequent burning and smoking.


Full Final Report is in Chinese only and available for download at



Sherry Liu, Engineer
Tel: 89127388-330

Last updated 2018-01-05
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