Litium battery thermal event Incident Boeing 717-22A N479HA, Tuesday 12 January 2016
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Date:Tuesday 12 January 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic B712 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 717-22A
Owner/operator:Hawaiian Airlines
Registration: N479HA
MSN: 55124/5069
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Kahului Airport, HI (OGG/PHOG) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL)
Destination airport:Kahului Airport, HI (OGG/PHOG)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawaiian Airlines flight HAL226 landed without incident on runway 2 at Kahului Airport, Hawaii, with smoke in the cargo hold.
After the passengers deplaned, the aft cargo door was opened to discover two burnt suitcases. The source came from a soft-sided duffel bag, which contained an e-cigarette (e-cig) powered by two batteries. Additional fire damage occurred to a hard-sided wheeled bag.
It was noted that the clean appearance of the inside of the battery compartment and the charred exterior indicated that the e-cig was activated and heated up until it dried out the cotton in it and ignited. The box style e-cig is believed to be an “unregulated” style, meaning it does not contain a computer chip that regulates the battery output. This style typically does not contain any safety features to prevent accidental activation.

FAA rules say all electronic cigarette and vaping devices, along with any spare lithium batteries, must be kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. E-cigarettes are battery powered and have a heating element. The lithium battery poses a fire hazard.

The aircraft, N479HA, remained on the ground at Kahului after the incident.



Revision history:

13-Jan-2016 17:51 harro Added
14-Jan-2016 11:49 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2016 19:36 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
07-Oct-2018 18:09 harro Updated [Narrative]

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