Li-ion Battery Incidents: Aircraft Related

FAA listing of aviation cargo and passenger baggage incidents involving smoke, fire, extreme heat or explosion.  As of December 22, 2016, 138 air/airport incidents involving batteries carried as cargo or baggage that have been recorded since March 20, 1991.  Note that these are incidents that the FAA is aware of.  There were 30 incidents recorded in 2016.

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Complete FAA Battery Incident Chart

Passenger burned in cellphone fire on Air Canada flight

March 1, 2018


China Southern Airlines flight delayed for 3 hours after power bank catches fire

February 25, 2018


Passengers deplane safely in Appleton after smoke in SkyWest cabin - WISC

February 19, 2018


Accident: Frontier A320 near Tampa on Feb 3rd 2018, LiOn fire on board

February 4, 2018


No panic! Russians douse open flame aboard plane after power bank catches fire

February 1, 2018


FAA proposes $1.1 million civil penalty against company for shipping substandard lithium batteries

December 9, 2017


TSA agent details moments after lithium battery explosion

November 12, 2017


Galaxy J7 catches fire on Jet Airways flight: Here's what happened

October 22, 2017


Laptop Starts Smoking on Virgin America Flight to JFK, No Injuries Reported | NBC New York

October 4, 2017


E-Cigarette catches fire on WIzz A320 flight near Keflavik, Iceland

September 13, 2017


Smart phone fire onboard flight from Katowice, Poland to Liverpool, England lands without injuries

September 7, 2017


Sri Lankan Airlines Crew Averts Mid-Air Fire Caused By Phone -

July 31, 2017


United Airbus A-319 near Jackson Hole on Jul 22nd 2017, battery fire in cabin | AeroInside

July 25, 2017


What's Behind the Increase in Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes?

June 7, 2017


JetBlue flight from NY to San Francisco diverted to Grand Rapids,MI as laptop battery catches fire.

May 30, 2017


Electronic cigarette fire on-board Southwest Airline flight from Columbus, OH to Chicago

April 19, 2017


China Southern B737 to Bangkok battery pack bursts into flames

March 5, 2017


Smart phone and USB charger fire in overhead bin on Spring Airlines flight (China)

February 21, 2017


Airline passenger's headphones catch fire midflight

February 19, 2017


Fire from e-cigarette causes emergency landing for Indy-bound American Airlines plane

December 15, 2016


Samsung Galaxy 6 Reportedly Explodes Mid-flight China Airlines to Taipei

December 8, 2016


Cellphone in Thermal Runaway on China Southern Airlines Shanghai to Urumqi

December 1, 2016


Alaska Airlines flight grounded after e-cig batteries ignite

November 2, 2016


Samsung Investigating Note7 Fire in Southwest Airlines Jet

October 6, 2016


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone catches fire on Southwest plane

October 5, 2016


Cellphone fire ignites on Delta flight from Norfolk

Sept 16, 2016


As More Devices Board Planes, Travelers Are Playing With Fire - New York Times

September 11, 2016

*Engineer Mike Gilchrist & PlaneGard mentioned in the article


Damage to galaxy Note 7 battery led to smoke in Chennai flight

September 23, 2016


NBAA Li-ion Battery Safety Recommendations

September 21, 2016


Airlines Now Verbally Warning Passengers Not to Use Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on the Plane

September 11, 2016


As More Devices Board Planes, Travelers Are Playing With Fire

September 11, 2016


Spare Electronics Battery Extinguished Aboard Delta Flight

September 9, 2016


FAA warns not to turn Samsung Galaxy 7 phone on and not to store in checked luggage when on an airplane

September 08, 2016


Cellphone fire on-board Skymark BC732 flight near Tokyo, Japan injures two crew

August 22, 2016


Qantas B744 over Pacific Ocean smart phone erupts in fire

June 21, 2016


U.S. Bans e-Cigarettes in Checked Bags on Planes

May 18, 2016


Qantas Airlines Reports A Mobile Phone Battery Behind Cabin Smoke Event

May 16, 2016


USB Power Block Burns During Flight from Taipei to Tokyo

May 7, 2016


Alaska Airlines Passenger's Phone Catches Fire Mid-Flight; Airline and FAA Investigating

March 19, 2016


WASHINGTON — Electronic cigarettes are prohibited on any domestic or foreign airline flying to, from or within the United States under a final rule the government issued Wednesday

March 02, 2016


Incident: Delta B738 at Montego Bay on Oct 12th 2015, cargo fire indication

January 15, 2016


Air Berlin A321 near Bordeaux - Battery Goes Smoking!

December 26, 2015


Ethiopian Boeing 737-800 enroute on Nov 17th 2015, lithium batteries in passenger bag overheat

November 19, 2015


Smoking Credit Card Reader Forces Plane's Emergency Landing

October 12, 2015


British Airways Dreamliner forced to land at Siberian airport after smoke from passenger's overheated smartphone caused alarm on board

August 22, 2015


Delta flight makes emergency landing in Buffalo

April 02, 2015


Smoke from TV Presenters' Drone Battery Fills KLM Aircraft

March 16, 2015


Turkish Airline B773 near London Smoke Indications in Aft Cabin -  Passengers Mobile Device Portable Battery Pack (see reader comment made by the Fire Service Incident Commander)

Feb 4, 2015


Could smartphones be banned on flights? iPhone 5 catches fire and forces emergency evacuation of plane in Tel Aviv

August 20, 2014


Small plane fire prompts talk of e-cigarette restrictions

August 15, 2014


Burning iPhone 5 Forces Plane to Make Emergency Evacuation


Undeclared Drone Batteries Sparked Plane Fire at Melbourne Airport Yahoo!


Small Plane Fire Prompts Talk of E-Cigarette Restrictions


Small Fire Inside Cabin Forces Plane Back To O’Hare

September 26, 2013



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