Cause of fire on Westjet flight from Calgary to Vancouver identified



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A Westjet flight had to make an emergency landing at the Calgary International Airport last summer due to a small fire in the cargo compartment of the plane.

The plane tried to travel from Calgary to Vancouver with 53 passengers onboard, leaving the runway at 6:39 pm on June 14th.

It was only two minutes later (at a height of 9,000 feet) that the Warning Light Cargo Fire came on, and another four minutes until an emergency officer initiated it.

The plane is back at the airport at 6:56 pm.

"Climbing out the flight crew noticed a fire warning and explained an emergency," said TSB spokesperson Chris Krepski, in an email to Daily Hive last summer.

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The backpack that contained the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Flight crews found a fire-damaged passenger bag in the cargo compartment after the plane had safely landed.

Canada's Transportation Safety Board has now released details surrounding their investigation into the fire.

According to the investigation, the fire started by two lithium-ion batteries made for a dry cream E-cigarette, also known as a wolf.

The report says that the owner of the battery has accidentally left two spare batteries in a battery charger, which he then packed at the front of his pocket.

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Fire damage to cargo compartment (Transportation Safety Council of Canada)

When repeating his bag, he knew he had to remove two other batteries and carry the E-cigarette with him at the cabinet, although the remaining two batteries were carrying the bag and charger in the cargo compartment.

The report also states that, while check-luggage screening is led to detect explosive materials, its main function is not to detect dangerous goods.

"If possible dangerous goods were discovered during the screening process, CSSSA will carry out checks and follow up with air carriers," the report reads.

This is not the first time that lithium-ion batteries have caused a problem with aircraft, as the United States Federal Aviation Administration has recorded 206 air / airport incidents involving the battery type in the last two decades.

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