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United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after phone battery catches fire

An United Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing after a “thermal runaway event.” Flight 1456 from Newark, New Jersey, to Nassau, Bahamas, diverted to Daytona Beach Airport Wednesday after a phone battery charger caught fire mid-flight, the airport confirmed on Twitter. The fire was contained to a passenger’s bag and placed inside a fire retardant case after bursting […]

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Passenger Suffers 20% Burns After Phone Battery Catches Fire on Air Asia Flight

by Mark Finlay An AirAsia Airbus A320 had to be diverted to Ho Chi Minh City on Christmas Day. This happened after a passenger’s mobile phone battery caught fire burning 20% of his body. The incident reported by The Aviation Herald details how AirAsia flight number AK-130 operating an Airbus A320-299N registration number 9M-AGL was en-route from Kuala […]

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Backpack catches fire on Southwest Airlines aircraft at Chicago Midway International Airport

Monday, November 18, 2019 10:19AMCHICAGO (WLS) — A backpack caught fire on a Southwest Airlines aircraft at Chicago Midway International Airport Monday morning according to the Chicago Police Department. Officials said the call came in just after 10:30 a.m. stating that a backpack had caught fire on Southwest flight #285, outbound to Austin, Texas. The […]

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Wheelchair battery ignites fire in hold of El Al plane before Paris takeoff

By TOI staff 28 October 2019, 3:36 pm Passengers deboarded, taken to hotel as aircraft grounded File: An El Al airline plane at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 17, 2016. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90) A fire broke out inside an El Al plane just before takeoff from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport Sunday night, Channel 13 […]

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Flight attendant union warns of “catastrophic” fire risk from e-cigarettes on planes

The president of the largest flight attendant union wants the FAA to ban e-cigarettes from planes because their lithium-ion batteries could be a fire hazard. Lithium-ion batteries power virtually every mobile device we have — but the concern about vaping devices stems from the fact they often use cheaper batteries to power them, raising fears they’re more likely to fail […]

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FAA Bans Recalled MacBook Pros From Flights

U.S. airline safety regulators banned select MacBook Pro laptops on flights after Apple Inc. recently said that some units had batteries that posed a fire risk. In a statement, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was “aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops” and stated that it alerted major […]

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LITHIUM BATTERIES & LITHIUM BATTERY-POWERED DEVICES

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 […]

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Passengers evacuated from Sydney Airport following fire

Passengers at Sydney Airport are being told to expect delays after being evacuated from the international terminal due to a fire. Passengers have been evacuated from Sydney Airport after a fire broke out at Terminal 1 this afternoon. A spokesman for Air Services Australia told news.com.au that the fire broke out near the passenger screening […]

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Burning battery pack forces emergency landing of Virgin flight

A seat fire, thought to have been caused by a portable battery pack, forced a Virgin Atlantic flight to make an emergency landing on Thursday night. The flight was on its way from New York’s JFK Airport to London Heathrow according to the Associated Press, but was forced to land at Boston’s Logan Airport after smoke and […]

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There’s growing concern about devices catching fire at 30,000 feet. Here’s why.

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – From cellphones to laptops to Teslas, rechargeable lithium batteries are in a wide range of today’s products. But in recent years, the batteries have become cause for concern ― so much so that the U.S. government has been urging a ban on large personal electronic devices ― such as laptops ― […]

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Carry-on Bag Catches on Fire While Passing Through Airport Security

A passenger’s bag passing through airport security at Yeager Airport in West Virginia on Wednesday ignited and caught fire, in an incident that again shows the potential danger of lithium batteries. The Associated Press reported that two lithium batteries attached to a charger in the bag were the cause of the explosion. Airport police were able […]

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Bag fire caused by lithium batteries closed security checkpoint at Metro Airport’s North Terminal

METRO AIRPORT (WXYZ) — Travelers flying from the North Terminal at Metro Airport are dealing with a shutdown at one of the security checkpoints. The checkpoint was closed after a bag fire that was caused by lithium batteries. A bag fire caused by lithium batteries has temporarily closed the @DTWeetin Blue 1 North Checkpoint. All […]

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UPDATE: Passengers describe panic after e-cig explosion at Las Vegas airport

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UPDATE 10 P.M.: Passengers say an e-cigarette explosion at McCarran International Airport sounded like a bomb went off Monday afternoon. Nathyl Artillery Snipes said he was about to board a plane bound for the east coast when the blast sent people running. “It was a panic, people were fearful,” said Artillery Snipes. […]

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Sydney Airport planes grounded after smoke detected in control tower

Flights at Sydney Airport were delayed or cancelled on Friday after a back-up battery system for the air traffic control tower overheated, leaving passengers frustrated. Vicki and Paul Wittwer had spent a week in Katoomba enjoying walking in the Blue Mountains and were making their way home to Adelaide when they pulled into the airport […]

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Smoke From Boeing Plane Causes Hours-Long Delay at San Diego International

An overheated device caused Denver-bound passengers to be three hours late. A San Diego flight headed to Denver was delayed for hours Tuesday after smoke could be seen coming from the plane parked at the San Diego International Airport. A battery-type charger overheated inside a piece of luggage in the cargo bin of a Southwest […]

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Canadian jet makes emergency landing at Newark with possible cargo hold fire

Officials briefly halted flights in and out of Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday morning after a plane flying from Canada to Florida made an emergency landing there with a possible fire in the cargo hold, officials said. Air Transat Flight 942, a Boeing 737, was flying from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and diverted to Newark at […]

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Delta passenger’s device overheats on plane on tarmac

A passenger’s electronic device overheated on a Delta Air Lines plane on the tarmac at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Wednesday evening, according to the carrier. The Delta flight from San Antonio was waiting for a gate at the Atlanta airport when a first class passenger’s device started emitting smoke. Flight attendants put the device into a fire containment bag, according […]

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FAA Bans Cargo Shipment of Lithium Ion Batteries on Passenger Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation on Wednesday issued an interim rule banning the transportation of lithium ion cells and batteries as cargo on passenger craft, as well as setting a 30 percent charge limit on ones shipped as air cargo. Lithium ion batteries have a non-negligible chance of exploding, which is naturally a reason […]

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Fire Caused By Vape Pen Battery Delays Houston-Bound Flight From LaGuardia

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Scary moments on a plane about to leave New York were caught on camera after a fire broke out in an overhead bin. The Delta flight from LaGuardia to Houston was delayed Wednesday afternoon after flames shot out of the overhead storage bin and sent smoke billowing through the cabin. “You could […]

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E-cigarette lithium-ion batteries caused fire aboard WestJet flight in June: TSB

OTTAWA — The Transportation Safety Board says an onboard fire that forced a WestJet plane to return to the Calgary International Airport soon after takeoff last June was caused by spare e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries that a passenger failed to declare in his checked baggage. The agency says in a report that a backpack caught fire […]

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