Vape Battery Starts Fire on Aircraft

March 11th, 2019
Vaping devices

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada recently completed an investigation into a fire that started in the baggage hold of a commercial airliner. A summary of the incident, which forced the plane to return to Calgary shortly after takeoff, is available here.

A Boeing 737 was forced to make an emergency landing. After rising above 9,000 feet, a warning light indicated a fire in the cargo hold. The crew activated the fire suppression system before returning to their point of departure. Upon their return, they discovered a lithium-ion battery used to power an e-cigarette had caught fire inside a backpack stored in the cargo area.

The Investigation

According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations (TDGR) recommend e-cigarettes and lithium-ion batteries travel in an aircraft’s cabin. The flight departed Calgary International Airport for Vancouver International Airport with 58 people on board. The owner claimed to have forgotten the battery was in the bag, which passed security screening undetected.

A Documented Safety Risk

A Florida man recently died when an exploding vape pen sent fragments into his skull. Per officials, the 38-year-old man suffered burns to 80 percent of his body and died of a projectile wound to the head. The death was ruled an accident, with officials noting “extensive” fire damage to the room.

Other injuries linked to vape pens include a 2017 incident in which a victim lost several teeth and suffered second-degree burns, as well as a 2016 explosion causing third-degree burns. These incidents remind us how defective products can cause life-changing—even fatal—injuries every day.

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