KLM Boeing 777-200, Flight KL 809 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur made a stopover in Phuket, Thailand, following smoke began filling the cabin when a passenger’s mobile phone overheated.
The crew handled the situation well and the captain opted to land the aircraft as a precautionary measure. The aircraft landed safely and a safety check has since been carried out in the cabin and the aircraft has been released for departure.
Owing to compulsory crew work and rest times, the flight to Kuala Lumpur couldn’t continue immediately and passengers and crew are being accommodated in hotels in Phuket.
As a result, the flight has incurred an 18-hour delay. The onward flight to Kuala Lumpur-Jakarta- Kuala Lumpur has been cancelled. KLM regrets the inconvenience this is causing our passengers.