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U.S. Bars Lithium-Ion Battery Cargo from Passenger Planes

Lithium-ion batteries may no longer be transported as cargo on passenger airplanes under a final rule issued by federal regulators at the end of February. Seeking ways to reduce the threat of lithium-ion fires and explosions aboard commercial aircraft, Congress last year directed the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to revise regulations governing the transport of hazardous materials. The new rule also issues restrictions for the transportation of lithium-ion batteries on cargo planes, prohibiting any lithium-ion cells and batteries to be charged above 30 percent of their capacity. “This rule will strengthen ... Read More

Suspected Cargo Fire Forces Air Transat Emergency Landing

An Air Transat flight from Montreal, Canada, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made an emergency landing at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport because of a possible fire in the airplane’s cargo hold. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that firefighters met Air Transat Flight 942 on the runway and passengers were evacuated by emergency slides after the plane diverted to Newark Saturday morning around 8:30. #FAA statement regarding Air Transat Flight 942. pic.twitter.com/1umh1hmCrU — The FAA (@FAANews) March 9, 2019 Some of the 189 passengers and six crew members aboard the Boeing 737 suffered minor injuries, according to the Associated ... Read More

Engine Trouble Forces Norwegian Air Emergency Landing in Iran

A Norwegian Air Boeing 737 MAX 8 on its way from Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Oslo, Norway experienced a technical malfunction Friday that forced it to make an emergency landing in Southern Iran. The Norwegian Air plane, carrying 189 passengers and crew, experienced engine trouble about 20 minutes after departure and started an emergency descent from an altitude of 32,000 feet over southern Iran. The plane landed safely at Shiraz International Airport and there were no injuries, but the passengers and crew had to remain overnight near the airport while Norwegian Air sent a relief Boeing 737-800 plane to ... Read More

Smoldering E-Cigarette Triggers Boston Logan Airport Evacuation

A lithium-ion battery for an e-cigarette overheated inside a checked bag at Boston Logan International Airport, prompting an evacuation of a section of the busy airport and reminders from federal security agents that the batteries are prohibited in checked luggage. The smoldering e-cigarette battery was discovered on a busy Saturday morning after Thanksgiving when smoke began pouring from a suitcase inside the baggage screening room. According to NBC 10 Boston, the smoldering bag was discovered moments before it was loaded onto an airplane. Transportation Security Agents evacuated the baggage screening area and called in Massport Fire & Rescue and a ... Read More

Delta Plane Blows Tires On Emergency Landing at JFK

A Delta Air Lines jet that departed New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport Monday evening for Paris, France, made an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City after turning around amid a system failure. Delta Flight 20 was in the air for about an hour and a half before it experienced a hydraulic failure – a potentially critical error that can diminish an aircraft’s ability to fly. Officials investigating the failure did not say how severe the hydraulic failure was, but it caused the Delta airplane to slam onto the runway at JFK and blow ... Read More

NTSB Investigating Charter Jet’s Near Landing on Philadelphia Taxiway

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a preliminary report of a near miss at Philadelphia International Airport in August in which a private charter jet nearly landed on a taxiway occupied by four commercial passenger planes. The NTSB’s investigation of the near miss remains ongoing and it could take several more months for the investigative agency to wrap up its probe of the Aug. 10 incident, but the early report provides some harrowing detail of what looks like a pilot error that could have turned into a major catastrophe. According to the NTSB report, PEGJET Flight 19, a Gulfstream ... Read More

Engine Failure Forces Delta Jet Back to Atlanta

Federal safety investigators are looking into an engine failure that forced a Delta Air Lines jet with 121 Orlando-bound passengers to return to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. The emergency occurred Wednesday, Sept. 5, aboard Delta Flight 1418. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the “uncontained” engine failure in the 27-year-old Boeing 757-200 jet happened at about 18,000 feet. Data from the flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows that Delta 1418 took off shortly after 11 p.m., climbed to 18,000 feet in eight minutes, and then started slowing down. The plane leveled off and began a measured descent back to ... Read More

Engine Fire Forces Delta Emergency Landing in ATL

A Delta Air Lines jet bound for London made an emergency landing in Atlanta Wednesday evening with one of its engines on fire. Delta Flight 30 had departed from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for London Heathrow just minutes earlier when it was forced to turn around with heavy smoke billowing from its engine. The Delta plane had been in the air just 20 minutes when the problem occurred. The airplane, an Airbus A330, landed safely in Atlanta with no injuries. Firefighters were awaiting the returning jet and immediately doused the engine fire when it landed. “Airport response vehicles met the ... Read More

Southwest Airlines Engine Has Missing Fan Blade, Investigators Say

Federal investigators said they have found evidence of a missing fan blade in the engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 that made an emergency landing Tuesday, April 17 in Philadelphia. The Southwest Boeing 737-700 was flying from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to Dallas when its left engine exploded, shattering a window and fatally injuring passenger Jennifer Riordan, a 43-year-old mother of two and Wells Fargo executive from Albuquerque. Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Robert Sumwalt said that someone found a Southwest Airlines engine cowling, the outer covering of the engine, on the ground ... Read More

Lithium-Ion Battery Erupts Inside China Southern Airplane

A lithium-ion battery fire that broke out inside the overhead bin of a China Southern Airlines plane demonstrates the threat that faulty or damaged batteries pose to aviation safety. Fortunately, China Southern Airlines flight CZ3539 was still on the ground at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China, when passengers boarding the plane noticed the overhead bin was billowing with smoke at first, then flames. Someone onboard the plane recorded a video of the Feb. 25 incident, which shows an airline attendant attempting to douse the flames with water. A passenger assists and uses a bottle of juice to smother ... Read More