Battery-related incidents on passenger planes are going up #infographic

Battery-related incidents on passenger planes are going up #infographic

The FAA began monitoring all battery-related accidents in US airspace in 2006. The data is public and centralizes activities on both passenger aircraft and freight aircraft. We concentrated more on accidents that were recorded on passenger aircraft as they are closer to the public interest, as you can see in the infographic.

Overall, most of the tracked accidents involved passenger planes: 187 (64 percent) out of 289. Cargo planes have been involved in 77 accidents, although 25 incidents have not been categorized.

Looking at the average number of incidents per year the period of relative stability between 2006 and 2014 can be noted, with anywhere from 1 to 8 incidents per year. However, passenger planes saw a rise in battery-related accidents beginning in 2011, which unexpectedly increased to about 30/year.

While 2020 appears to be an outlier, it should be noted that it was only until August 2020 that the data used in the study was available. Not to mention the fact that this year's Pandemic struck, 


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