DJI Inspire 1 Catches Fire On Passanger Plane

From an account on Twitter we found a post about a fire on a plane because of a drone! Wait, what? So it appears a DJI Inspire 1 caught fire in the overhead compartment, we do not know the cause of the fire but looks like a moderate one. Glad it happened on the ground and not the air! The attendants quickly put out the fire and removed the craft and its owner!


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Comment by CliffN on April 4, 2015 at 6:08pm
Yup I would keep batteries seperate container . Instead . And a Lipo bag too.
Comment by CliffN on April 4, 2015 at 6:11pm
BtW how do you trandport a slightly bloated lipo. In an aircraft? Would air pressuremake them expload?

Comment by John Arne Birkeland on April 4, 2015 at 6:43pm

If that was the case lipo batteries would be unusable in general, since they would not be safe to use at different altitudes. Fine at sea level, but if you live on a mountain they explode?

Comment by Bill Bonney on April 4, 2015 at 7:24pm
The only way for a lipo battery to catch fire is to short. Either externally, or internally. Internally is due to damage or a manufacturing fault. Without more info it will be hard to know which its was.
Comment by George Kelly on April 5, 2015 at 9:10am

I returned to Canada last year from Asia, and decided to 'load up' on cheaper lipos before I left (Vietnam).

At the time, there was a per-battery and a total limit (in watt-hours). I was close to the total limit. Biggest single battery was 6S 5000 mAH, but I was carrying around 8 batteries.

Drained them to around 20%, taped the leads, put them all in lipo-safe fire bags, and carried them in my carry-on.

I carried printouts of the regulations.

I wouldn't do it again. Most nervous flight of my life. ('What if I fall asleep and...')

But to my surprise, I was never so much as questioned by anyone (Vietnam-Japan-Chicago-Toronto). I, too, wondered about whether they resembled a block of plastic explosives on X-ray, but nothing.


Comment by Sandy Sound on April 5, 2015 at 11:10am
@Dwgsparky I really like your dummy plug idea. Its got me thinking that a 3d printed cap for the balance and xt60 or HXT connectors would he a great solution to stop potential shorts. A quick trip to thingiverse and there are several great designs on there for just that purpose as well as for identifying charged/used batteries. Brilliant.

Comment by Dwgsparky on April 7, 2015 at 9:03am

I do it the easy way, Take a spare HXT60 connecter and warm up the pins with the solder iron and pull them out. fill the holes with epoxy or silicone sealer. Tape is good for the balance plug. 

@ John Birkland, Im not saying they are unsafe or would explode at high elevations, just that the packs will swell more as the cabin pressure decreases to the approx 10000 feet in a passenger jet. The swelling could cause the internals of a failing battery to move or to press something else in the UAV and cause a short. thats why they should be removed. 

Comment by George Kelly on April 7, 2015 at 10:08am

Keep in mind, too, if you find yourself pushing the limit that it's a lithium limit, not a lipo limit.

Don't forget to count your laptop/tablet/phone/camera/whatever (especially professional-level cameras, which I think have pretty big batteries).


Comment by Muhammad Al-Rawi on April 7, 2015 at 1:50pm

Heatshrink makes for great lead caps. They don't slip off as easily as you'd think. 

Comment by Sgt Ric on April 7, 2015 at 2:17pm

@ Muhammad Al-Rawi:    Good tip... I won't worry about loosing them either... very slick.



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