UPS MD11 near Yangon on Feb 28th 2018, LiOn batteries cargo fire indication

Last Update: March 7, 2018 / 12:10:55 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
UPS

Flight number
5X-3

Aircraft Registration
N293UP

ICAO Type Designator
MD11

A UPS United Parcel Service McDonnell Douglas MD-11, registration N293UP performing flight 5X-3 from Hong Kong (China) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates) with 3 crew and 175,500lbs of LiOn batteries as cargo, was enroute at FL320 about 160nm southwest of Yangon (Myanmar) when the crew reported a fire indication on board. The aircraft transponder stopped transmitting. The aircraft turned around, performed an emergency descent and landed safely in Yangon.

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.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N293UP
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Aircraft Model / Type
MD-11F
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
MD11
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
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Engine Manufacturer
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Main Owner
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 28, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
UPS

Flight number
5X-3

Aircraft Registration
N293UP

ICAO Type Designator
MD11

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