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Powerbank in Flights: When power bank catches fire in airplane, be extra careful

Powerbank in Flights: When power bank catches fire in airplane, be extra careful

Nowadays, people use power banks to avoid the hassle of frequent use of smartphones and frequent charging of mobiles with chargers. But, sometimes this power bank can also become a danger to you and others.


lekhaka-Rajkumar Pal

Published: Friday, January 13, 2023, 11:38 [IST]

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Powerbank in Flight what are the rules for carrying powerbank in airplane

Powerbank in Flights: A few days ago, a portable mobile phone charger caught fire on a plane at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan as it prepared to take off from Taiwan to Singapore. There are reports of two passengers injured in the incident. Out of which one is said to be the owner of the phone and the other his friend.

Fortunately, the plane had not taken off and was on the runway. Due to this, all 189 passengers were safely evacuated from the aircraft. After this the flight was cancelled. According to media reports, suddenly smoke started rising in the cabin. Just then a passenger took out something and threw it on the floor. After this the plane caught fire. So smoke filled the entire cabin. After some time it was found that it was a power bank. It is worth noting that the power bank is asked to be kept with the passengers during air travel. It is not allowed to deposit it at check-in.

international regulations for power bank

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has set guidelines for carrying portable electric devices to prevent such incidents. The United States FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) issued a warning in 2015 against carrying spare lithium batteries in checked baggage. As a rule, airlines now allow two power banks with a total of less than 100WH on flights, but not in cargo with back pack items.

Why is power bank banned in cargo luggage?

For security reasons, airlines forbid power banks from being carried in cargo luggage. Actually lithium cells are installed in the power bank. Lithium batteries are more likely to explode when overheated. This is one of the reasons why power banks are prohibited from being carried in the cargo luggage of the plane. IATA (International Air Transport Association) has banned the transportation of lithium metal or lithium batteries as per the revised regulation in the year 2017. Actually, the cargo of the aircraft is very close to the engine, due to which the heat in it is very high. Due to heating, there is a danger of blast of the power bank and fire in the aircraft.

In-flight accidents due to power bank

Russia – On 29 December 2022, a flight A321 of a Russian carrier Ural Airlines ready for departure at Moscow Domodedovo airport suddenly caught fire due to power bank and smoke filled the entire cabin. The operating crew brought the aircraft to a halt, and then evacuated the occupants via emergency inflatable slides.

China – In February 2018, a China Southern airliner before taking off from Guangzhou to Shanghai suddenly began to smoke in a bag and then caught fire. After that there was a stir in the flight. However, the air hostess, showing understanding, brought the fire under control. After some time when it was checked, it was found that a power bank was kept in the bag of a passenger, which was not being used at that time. Even then suddenly it caught fire. It was a domestic flight.

Vietnam – In December 2019, an Air Asia flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hong Kong suddenly exploded. The explosion was reported to be due to a power bank burst. After this, the flight made an emergency landing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It also resulted in injuries to one passenger on board flight AK130, the rest were evacuated safely.

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Brunei – On 2 January 2019, The Straits Times, a Singaporean newspaper, wrote that a Royal Brunei Airlines flight from Hong Kong to Brunei’s ‘Bandar Seri Begawan’ city caught fire due to a power bank. However, the fire was quickly brought under control with the help of the crew member.

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Powerbank in Flight what are the rules for carrying powerbank in airplane

Story first published: Friday, January 13, 2023, 11:38 [IST]

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