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Two flights diverted after lithium battery fire incidents
26 February 2020

Damaged battery charger after fire incident (photo: Daytona Beach International Airport)

In the space of two days, two airliners diverted after lithium battery powered devices, suffered thermal runaway incidents.

On February 25, Sunwing flight WG596, a Boeing 737-800, declared an emergency for smoke in the cabin, which reportedly originated from a passenger’s vape pen. The aircraft was en route from Cancun, Mexico to Calgary, Canada, and diverted to Memphis, USA.

On February 26, United Airlines flight UA1456, an Airbus A320, diverted to Daytona Beach, Florida, USA, after a passenger’s lithium battery charger suffered a thermal runaway inside a bag.