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March 21st, 2014
08:53 PM ET

Malaysia Airlines CEO: Flight 370 was carrying lithium-ion batteries in cargo hold

Malaysian officials now confirm that Flight 370 was carrying lithium-ion batteries in the cargo hold.

The batteries are commonly used in laptops and cell phones, but they've been known to overheat and
spontaneously explode on other flights.

So could these batteries have anything to do with the missing jet?

OutFront: CNN's Richard Quest, along with CNN aviation analyst Miles O'Brien. Jeff Wise, a private pilot, and an aviation journalist. And Arthur Rosenberg, a pilot and aviation attorney.

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  1. Johnd919

    Yeah bookmaking this wasn't a risky conclusion outstanding post! ckdedagfdkkd

    September 4, 2014 at 7:51 am | Reply
  2. chirong wang

    Electronic instruments were required to be off during planes' taking off. The accident happened about 40 minutes into the flight. It might be time for passengers to be allowed to turn on electronic equipment. If there were many passengers turned on the PC or Cell phones within a short time, could this type of action create so much signals or statics that disable the communication system of the aircraft? Statics tends to be concentrated in a region with sharp edge/small radius such as planes' nosecone, wing leading edge, and tail. Could the plane navigation systems were interfered or damaged with the statics building up over the planes's metal frame?

    March 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm | Reply
  3. iceman

    Don't forget about the possible link between lithium batteries and the fatal cargo plane crashes off South Korea and in Dubai. Relatively small and certified "safe" Li-ion batteries can produce violent reactions from internal short circuits. see, for example,
    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/mining/Works/coversheet1864.html

    March 23, 2014 at 11:30 am | Reply
  4. Collin La Mey

    Thinking about it if their was a fire in the sky, someone would have spotted a ball of fire in the sky and believe it's the coming of GOD. ALSO COULD THAT PLANE BE flying around for 6hrs on fire? I doubt it.

    March 22, 2014 at 4:16 pm | Reply

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