Pinnacle CRJ2 near Traverse City on Apr 17th 2012, Lithium battery causes smoke in cabin and medical emergency

Last Update: April 18, 2012 / 15:24:35 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 17, 2012

Flight number
9E-4290

Aircraft Registration
N8980A

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ2

A Pinnacle Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N8980A performing flight 9E-4290/DL-4290 from Toronto,ON (Canada) to Minneapolis,MN (USA) with 44 passengers, was enroute at FL280 about 80nm east of Traverse City,MI (USA) when a Lithium battery powering a device on a passenger's chest caught fire. While cabin crew extinguished the fire and provided first aid to the passenger, the flight crew diverted the aircraft to Traverse City for a safe landing about 20 minutes later. Medical services took care of the second degree burn of about a dime's size on the patient's chest.

The aircraft was cleared to continue the journey and is currently estimated to reach Minneapolis with a delay of 3:45 hours.

A passenger twittered a lithium battery exploded on the chest of a fellow passenger causing the emergency landing.

The airport reported a lithium battery on a passengers chest caught fire and caused a second degree burn of about a dime's size on his chest. The passenger was able to continue the flight.

The FAA reported on Apr 18th a battery pack caught fire prompting the crew to declare emergency because of smoke in the cabin and divert to Traverse City. The crew extinguished the fire, one person received an unknown injury.
Aircraft Registration Data
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N8980A
Country of Registration
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CRJ2
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 17, 2012

Flight number
9E-4290

Aircraft Registration
N8980A

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ2

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