Airplane & Airport


Events Involving Smoke, Fire, Extreme Heat or Explosion Involving Lithium Batteries

As of August 1, 2019, 265 air/airport incidents involving lithium batteries carried as cargo or baggage that have been recorded since March 20, 1991
Note: These are recent events that the FAA is aware of; this should not be considered a complete listing of all such incidents. The incident summaries included here are intended to be brief and objective. They do not represent all information the FAA has collected, nor do they include all investigative or enforcement actions taken. This list does not include three major aircraft accidents where lithium battery cargo shipments were implicated but not proven to be the source of the fire: An Asiana Airlines 747 near South Korea on July 28, 2011, a UPS 747 in Dubai, UAE on September 3, 2010 and a UPS DC -8 in Philadelphia, PA on February 7, 2006

Source: Federal Aviation Administration

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