batteries

Small Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Tennessee River

Saturday, April 9, 2016
By George Hatcher

A small plane made an emergency landing in Tennessee River at Decatur, Alabama, on April 7th. The pilot of the small seaplane said he was doing some survey work for a proposed water pipeline when the aircraft’s battery failed, forcing him to make an emergency landing. Both occupants of the plane, including the pilot... »

Global Advisory Group Recommends Tough Rules to Prevent Battery Fires in Airplanes

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
By George Hatcher
Global Advisory Group Recommends Tough Rules to Prevent Battery Fires in Airplanes

An advisory panel of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has recommended strict actions for discouraging bulk shipment of lithium batteries through commercial planes. The recommendations were published by the ICAO on October 1, after a recent meeting of the advisory group was held in Cologne, Germany, in September. The group has also suggested... »

MH370: One Ping Does Not A Discovery Make. Or Does it?

Saturday, April 5, 2014
By George Hatcher

An underwater locator beacon (ULB) such as the one on the black boxes (CVR) Cockpit Voice Recorder and FDR (Flight Data Recorder) of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on 37.5 kHz for about 30 days at 4°C temperature. They run on lithium-ion batteries, and “mileage” may vary; 30 days is the minimum expectation. This is... »

Boeing Investigation Update from Japan

Saturday, January 19, 2013
By George Hatcher
Boeing Investigation Update from Japan

During an early inspection of the 787 in Takamatsu by Japanese officials, the battery’s electrolyte had leaked from the lithium-ion battery. The charred insides of the battery show the battery received voltage in excess of its design limits. In October 2011, the FAA issued an emergency order requiring lithium ion batteries in 42 Cessna... »

Boeing 787 Smokes Battery in Boston

Monday, January 7, 2013
By George Hatcher
Boeing 787 Smokes Battery in Boston

On January 7, 2013, a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Japan-Boston had already landed in Boston, and all 184 passengers had safely disembarked when smoke filled the cabin. A fire was found in a battery aboard the plane. Boston Firefighters arrived at 10:40 a.m. and put out the fire. Passengers were provided alternative transportation... »

Airbus Makes Emergency Landing in Stephenville

Friday, December 17, 2010
By George Hatcher

What: A-310 Airbus en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Where: Stephenville International Airport, Canada When: Dec 16, 2010 Who: 8 crew Why: Overheating batteries convinced a pilot to land the privately owned airbus at Stephenville International Airport. After landing, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police met the jet on the tarmac. The crew... »

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  • Air crews shouldn't leave seatbelt sign on too long, says safety expert - Come to think of it, this could be true. https://t.co/xa7JDX4VkX
    about 9 hours ago
  • Air Canada Flight Returns to Montreal due to Engine Trouble https://t.co/jl5KV65EX3
    about 16 hours ago
  • U.S. Air Force Boeing 707 Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Indonesia https://t.co/B8qu9cVkXQ
    about 16 hours ago
  • Bird-Hit Air Arabia Flight Diverts to Lucknow, India https://t.co/34D4rhjHrs
    about 16 hours ago
  • British Airways Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Frankfurt https://t.co/2FfQv4rJGZ
    about 16 hours ago