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Sunday, October 10, 2010

FAA warns airlines batteries in cargo hold may ignite during flights

Lithium-ion batteries have been known to explode or ignite while in use in a laptop. But the Federal Aviation Administration is now warning airlines that these same batteries may ignite when not in use, but stored in a hot cargo hold.

The warning comes after a United Parcel Service 747-400 crashed last month travelling over Dubai. The cargo was a large shipment of lithium batteries, and both pilots were killed.

The problem stems from the fact cargo holds are not usually temperature controlled. So if a plane is in a situation where the hold can get hot any batteries have the potential to ignite by moving out of their normal safe temperature range. If this happens in-flight there’s a serious risk of further problems we don’t want to think about.

At the moment the FAA is advising companies who run aircraft of what they can do to minimize the risk. But keep this in mind if you are travelling, and if you can, keep your batteries in your hand luggage and the cool air conditioning of the passenger compartment.

49 comments:

Longkid said...

have any ever exploded? that would suckkkk

Home Alone Stoned said...

that probably only happens if you have like thousands of batteries or something. otherwise there would be more cases of this by now

Swift Love said...

thanks for the comments on my blog!

Randy Weezner said...

man, imagine if a commericail airliner went down because of this..it would be called terrorism

Liv said...

thats a scary thought...i wonder why they didn't ever notice before now

comradejoker.blogspot.com/ said...

LOL lithium-ion batteries always risk of blowing up.

Mesty said...
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Jackie said...

This is awesome, keep it up Bro !

Igloo said...

death by batteries.. that sucks.

Crunky said...

so now we have to remove our batteries before we fly? no more cell phones, laptops etc?

Donkote said...

good tip to know incase I ever fly anywhere, a blown up battery is not the best surprise..

lovebloggin said...

wow thats ridiculous

Max Steel said...

lol would really suck tho

MacPCharmony said...

awesome info here... good job!

Fuuuuuuuu said...

Great read! Looking forward to reading your next post.

arnyke said...

great post!

Rezden said...

That's some crazy stuff. Thanks for sharing.

Freshman said...

nice post! :)

Totalitarian said...

Well i'm not taking that plane to fly me home.

amidoinitrite? said...

cool, this works for me!

Dan said...

they better not start banning them :(

thecatzpajamas said...

im gonna be a pilot one day

fukkinlold said...

the army seriously needs to look more closely into its assets

Sonnentrain said...

I hope mine doesn't explode one time

Ichirandu said...

terror target?

RJ said...

yay more things to soon be banned from taking on an airplane : /

DJ Unsound said...

Dang, This makes me worry, both my parents fly airplanes for a living.

HiveNode said...

It should just be common sense...

Damien said...

Dude, that sucks some serious ass. Hope nothing happens with that...

Quinn Electronics said...

interesting

Lord Humungus said...

scurry

YukonAfternoon said...

Great. Now I don't want take any flights in the foreseeable future.

joe said...

even if it's just one battery, it could ignite nearby stuff as well

Secret Guide to Shaving said...

I dunno..I find that a little hard to believe.. nice blog btw.

KillerKun said...

that is DANGEROUS

Secret Guide to Shaving said...

Hey thank you for the compliment. I put quite a bit of work into it. I'm working on a tech paper for one of my classes, so I'm gonna have to check back to your blog often for some incite. thx

-ITW- said...

o lawdz..

James said...

w00t go FAA

Pig Disgusting said...

great info cool blog

MacPCharmony said...

interesting post!

Dr. Mumbai said...

Well, thank you, now I'm afraid and I don't want to take any flight, hehehehe

Banks said...

umm this is terrifying a below deck fire is one of my biggest fears

James said...

:/ great just another thing to watch out for.

Mac said...

jesus

Nailgun said...

great, another thing i have to remember to remove when i'm packing

Mesty said...

Oh wow flying can be so scary!
But the shipment was a large quantity!
Mesty =)

Fuuuuuuuu said...

interesting, I didn't know that...

GTL4life!

amidoinitrite? said...

this is relevant to just what I was thinking about

troykan said...

ow, great another thing to worry about!

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