‘They’re difficult to put out’: Aviation expert warns of mid-air lithium battery fire dangers

An aviation expert is urging airlines to do more to educate the public about the risk of lithium battery fires to prevent serious mid-air incidents from occurring.
Lithium-ion battery fires are becoming frequent both on the ground and in the air as more devices are made, increasing the risk they can overheat or explode if they are used, charged or disposed of incorrectly or if they are damaged.
US Federal Aviation Administration data from May showed there had been at least one lithium battery incident on a passenger plane each week since 2021, an increase of 42 per cent increase since 2018.