Hazardous Materials Accident Brief: DCA04MZ001, Accident Involving Lithium-Ion Batteries, Memphis, Tennessee, August 7, 2004 [open pdf - 384KB]
"About 3:51 a.m., central daylight time, on August 7, 2004, a fire destroyed some freight that included lithium-ion batteries; the freight was in a unit load device (ULD) at the Federal Express Corporation (FedEx Express) hub in Memphis, Tennessee. The ULD had been raised on loading equipment and pushed about halfway onto an airplane bound for Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris, France, when the loading personnel smelled smoke. They returned the smoking ULD to the loading equipment and lowered the ULD to the ground. When Memphis fire department responders opened the ULD, a fire flared up inside. Damage to the ULD and the freight is estimated as $20,000. The airplane was a Boeing MD-11 that FedEx Express operated as flight 0004."
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