UPS MD11 near Yangon on Feb 28th 2018, LiOn batteries cargo fire indication
Last Update: March 7, 2018 / 12:10:55 GMT/Zulu time
Myanmar's Home Ministry reported the aircraft with 3 crew was carrying 175.5 tons (??) of Lithium Ion batteries when it diverted to Yangon due to a fire indication. However, no fire had occurred, emergency services did detect the smell of LiOn batteries however. The pilots were taken to a local hotel.
A listener on frequency reported a MD-11, callsign not understood, performed an emergency descent and diverted to Yangon in a hurry.
The occurrence aircraft continued the flight as 5X-3D on Mar 4th about 5 days after landing.
On Mar 7th 2018 the airline reported the crew detected an electrical smell in the cockpit and in abundance of caution diverted to Yangon. There had been no abnormal indications or alerts. The cause of the smell was identified to be a faulty dimmer switch controlling the cockpit lighting.
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