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Airplane & Airport

Calls for lithium battery review after Boeing Dreamliner fire at Heathrow

Air Air Accident Investigations Branch raises concerns that aircraft equipment powered by the batteries could be vulnerable in report on 2013 blaze Investigators are calling for a safety review of all lithium battery-powered equipment on planes after a fire on board a parked Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Heathrow, which crew would have struggled to contain in flight, […]

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Small fire breaks out on KLM Airlines flight

Quick thinking crew stepped in to extinguish a small fire that erupted in an overhead compartment on KLM Airlines. Flight KL875 had landed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport and was taxiing to the gate when the fire broke. A spokesperson for KLM said the fire was under investigation but a passenger told the Daily Mail it was sparked […]

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U.S. airlines ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries due to fire danger

Bulk shipments of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries could result in a catastrophic mid-flight fire, according to recent tests. United Airlines joined Delta Air Lines Monday with a ban on bulk shipments of the batteries, while American has limited some types of batteries — but stopped short of a ban. The Federal Aviation Administration has conducted tests for years that have shown […]

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Undeclared drone batteries sparked plane fire at Melbourne airport: report

Australia’s air safety watchdog has issued a warning about lithium batteries after it found they caused a fire on board a plane at Melbourne airport earlier this year. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigated a fire onboard a Fiji Airways flight that was about to set off from Melbourne to Nadi on April 26 […]

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Airport official: E-cigs might have caused fire on plane, urges feds to consider restrictions

Federal authorities should consider further restrictions for electronic cigarettes on planes, airport officials said after one of the devices apparently started a small fire that forced passengers to briefly evacuate a plane last weekend. Ed Freni, director of aviation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Boston’s Logan International Airport, said the device was packed […]

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Japan Air grounds Boeing 787 after battery problem

TOKYO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Japan Airlines Co Ltd said it temporarily grounded one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Tuesday after white smoke was spotted outside the plane and a battery cell appeared to be leaking. The incident raised fresh concerns about the 787’s safety and reliability almost exactly one year […]

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Crash investigators trace UPS plane fire to batteries

Crash investigators in the United Arab Emirates traced the fire that destroyed a UPS plane in 2010 to the cargo of lithium batteries, and found that smoke-detection equipment took too long to alert the crew, according to a report released Wednesday. That country’s General Civil Aviation Authority found that heat from the fire disabled the […]

Airplane & Airport

Boeing 787 Catches Fire in London

Just two months after Boeing seemed to have left the problems with its 787 Dreamliner behind, it suffered another setback on Friday, when a fire broke out inside an Ethiopian Airlines 787 parked at Heathrow Airport in London. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire or how serious the repercussions would be. But […]

Airplane & Airport

Boeing Dreamliner Investigation Focuses on Combusting Batteries

A WEEK AFTER the Federal Aviation Administration initiated a grounding of the Boeing 787 that spread worldwide, there is still no indication of when the Dreamliner fleet may return to the skies. After some initial hope that the airplane could begin flying again over the weekend, investigators in the U.S. and Japan continue to focus on […]

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Boeing working with JAL on 787 fire at Boston airport

A battery explosion and subsequent fire damaged a parked and empty Japan Air Lines (JAL) Boeing 787 shortly after landing at Boston Logan International airport following a nearly 12h flight from Tokyo. One battery in the aircraft’s aft electrical equipment bay exploded on the aircraft and caused a secondary fire while it was parked at […]

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Fire brought down Asiana 747F in just 18min

Korean investigators have revealed only 18min elapsed between detection of fire on board an Asiana Airlines Boeing 747-400F, and the fatal loss of the aircraft in the sea. But while the inquiry has disclosed more details of the dangerous cargo on board the aircraft, it has yet to reach conclusions over the origin of the […]

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