Head­phones ex­plode on plane; woman burned

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SYD­NEY An Aus­tralian — woman suf­fered burns to her face af­ter her bat­tery-op­er­ated head­phones ex­ploded dur­ing a flight from Bei­jing to Mel­bourne, Aus­tralian air safety in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Wed­nes­day.

The woman, whose name was not re­leased, fell asleep on the plane while wear­ing the head­phones and awoke to a loud ex­plo­sion about two hours into the flight, the Aus­tralian Trans­port Safety Bureau said in a state­ment. The woman said she then felt a burn­ing sen­sa­tion on her face.

“I just grabbed my face, which caused the head­phones to go around my neck,” the woman was quoted as say­ing in the state­ment. “I con­tin­ued to feel burn­ing so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were spark­ing and had small amounts of fire.”

Flight at­ten­dants poured a bucket of wa­ter on the head­phones. The bat­tery and cover were melted and stuck to the floor of the plane.

The trans­port safety agency said it be­lieves the bat­ter­ies in the head­phones likely caught on fire.

The agency did not say what brand of head­phones the woman was us­ing.

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