Battery Fire Detected-Incident Boeing 737-958ER 4X-EHE, 27 Oct 2019

Battery Fire Detected

Battery Fire Detected

Battery Fire Detected

So, this is yet another report of a fire on board a Boeing 737. The plane had started to taxi  from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Frighteningly, the No 4 cargo hold fire warning light illuminated in the flight deck. passengers were evacuated by using the emergency fire fighter stairs. Importantly, the planes crew extinguished the fire by using fire extinguishers.

Unfortunately, the cause of the fire was put down to a passengers wheelchairs Lithium -Ion battery. So, in my opinion then the jury is still out about the safe use of these batteries. Although much heavier in weight, the Lead acid AGM batteries carry no such problems! Significantly, I did think that airlines had actually banned these batteries! However, in this case then the batteries were allowed to travel.

Important information is available thanks to the FAA.gov web-site-Pack Safe

Wheelchairs and mobility devices with lithium ion batteries, collapsible design, battery removed

Electric wheelchair, mobility scooter

This description is for a wheelchair or mobility device. Of course, that does not have a protective housing for its lithium ion battery. Lithium ion battery size is limited to 300 watt hours (Wh) or 25 grams equivalent lithium content (ELC). So, one spare battery not exceeding 300 Wh or two spare batteries not exceeding 160 Wh (13.5 grams ELC) each may be carried in carry-on baggage.

Lithium metal (non-rechargeable lithium) batteries are forbidden with these devices.

Lithium ion batteries must be removed from this type of mobility device. Importantly, and battery terminals protected from short circuit. Irritatingly, the lithium ion batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. Significantly, the passenger must advise the airline of the battery location. Urgently, the airline must notify the Pilot-in-command of the battery location in the cabin.

For complete passenger instructions contact your airline. Advance arrangements and extra check-in time may be necessary.

Though allowable, airlines may not be able to accommodate the folded-up wheelchair/device in the passenger cabin. The device, with batteries removed, may travel as checked baggage.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts
Eric writes stories about anything that includes disability issues for his mobilitybatterystore blog.

 

Source: Incident Boeing 737-958ER 4X-EHE, 27 Oct 2019

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