Missing jet WAS carrying highly flammable lithium batteries: CEO of  Malaysian Airlines finally admits to dangerous cargo four days after DENYING it

  • When asked days ago, he said it was  carrying ‘tonnes of mangosteens’
  • Lithium-ion batteries have caused 140  mid-air incidents in last 20 years
  • The devices are commonly used in mobile  phones and laptops
  • Classed as dangerous by The International  Civil Aviation Organisation
  • Reignites theory that missing flight may  have crashed after on-board fire
  • Aviation expert said it re-affirm belief  that flames started in cargo hold
  • One cargo plane crashed in 2010 after  attempting an emergency landing
  • Safety report said battery caught fire  and filled the flight deck with smoke

BySimon Tomlinson

PUBLISHED:   17:11 GMT, 21  March 2014      | UPDATED:   08:57 GMT, 22  March 2014

Missing jet WAS carrying highly flammable lithium batteries: CEO of Malaysian Airlines finally admits to dangerous cargo four days after DENYING it

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Malaysian Airlines today confirmed that  flight MH370 had been carrying highly flammable lithium-ion batteries in its  cargo hold, re-igniting speculation that a fire may have caused its  disappearance.

The admission by CEO Ahmad Jauhari comes four  days after he denied the aircraft was carrying any dangerous items and nearly  two weeks after the plane went missing.

He said the authorities were investigating  the cargo, but did not regard the batteries as hazardous – despite the law  dictating they are classed as such – because they were packaged according to  safety regulations.

The revelation has thrown the spotlight back  on the theory that the Boeing 777 may have been overcome by a fire, rendering  the crew and passengers unconscious after inhaling toxic fumes.

Lithium-ion batteries – which are used in  mobile phones and laptops – have been responsible for a number of fires on  planes and have even brought aircraft down in recent years.

According to US-based Federal Aviation  Administration, lithium-ion batteries  carried in the cargo or baggage have been  responsible for more than 140  incidents between March 1991 and February 17 this  year, it was reported  by Malaysiakini.

In rare  cases, aircraft have been destroyed  as a result of fires started from  the devices, although they have been cargo  planes in both incidents.

In one case, UPS Airlines Flight 6 crashed  while attempting an emergency  landing in September 2010 en route from Dubai to  Cologne in Germany.

Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens  two weeks ago on March 8 after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for  Beijing.

The second day of a new search, concentrating  on a desolate area in the southern Indian Ocean, failed to locate two possible  pieces of debris from the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.

Aircraft and ships scoured the seas around  2,500kilometres off the coast of the Australian city of Perth, for 10 hours  before darkness fell. Australian officials have vowed to continue the search  tomorrow.

Billie Vincent, the former head of  security  for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, said the  revelation re-affirmed  his belief that flames started in the cargo hold, destroying the aircraft’s  communication systems then filling the cabin  with toxic fumes.

This, he says, would have overwhelmed the  passengers but may have given the  pilots a chance to divert the aircraft for an  emergency landing.

He told Air Traffic Management: ‘The data released  thus far most likely points to a problem with hazardous materials.

CHANGING RESPONSES FROM CEO:

What Ahmad Jauhari said four days ago: When asked at a press conference if there was any dangerous cargo on board, he replied: ‘We had a load of mangosteens headed to China. ‘It was a large quantity – about three to four tonnes of mangosteens,’ he said to laughter from the media.

What he said today: ‘We carried some lithium-ion small batteries, they are not big batteries and they are basically approved under the ICAO (The International Civil Aviation Organisation) under dangerous goods.’ .

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A Malaysian woman claims to have seen missing MH370 in the water near Andaman Islands on day it disappeared ‘This scenario begins with the eruption of hazardous materials within the cargo hold – either improperly packaged or illegally shipped – or both.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586013/Malaysian-woman-claims-seen-missing-MH370-water-near-Andaman-Islands-day-disappeared.html

It is thought the missing plane climbed to 45,000ft – a move Mr Vincent believes may have resulted from the pilots not being able to see the controls properly.

Malaysia Director

Questioned: Mr Jauhari Yahya (left) and Department Civil Aviation Director General Azharuddin Abdul Rahman update the media on the progress of the investigation Responding to a question at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Jauhari said: ‘We carried some lithium-ion small batteries, they are not big batteries and they are basically approved under the ICAO (The International Civil Aviation Organisation) under dangerous goods. ‘

They (lithium-ion batteries) are not dangerous goods per se, but in terms (of) they are (being) declared as dangerous goods under ICAO.’ He insisted they were checked several times to ensure they complied with the guidelines. ‘Airlines do that all the time, it is not just Malaysia Airlines. These goods are being flown by many airlines as cargo anyway, (which) is based on ICAO’s ruling,’ he added. When asked earlier this week if there was hazardous cargo on board, Mr Jauhari said no, adding that it was carrying ‘three to four tonnes of mangosteens’.

Responding to a question at a press  conference in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Jauhari said:  ‘We carried some lithium-ion  small batteries, they are not big batteries and they are basically approved  under the ICAO (The International Civil Aviation Organisation) under  dangerous  goods.

‘They  (lithium-ion batteries) are not  dangerous goods per se, but in terms  (of) they are (being) declared as  dangerous goods under ICAO.’

He insisted they were checked several times  to ensure they complied with the guidelines.

‘Airlines do that all the time, it is not  just Malaysia Airlines. These goods are being flown by many airlines as cargo  anyway, (which) is based on  ICAO’s ruling,’ he added

‘We’ve got a lot of hope’:

Capt Russell Adams

Captain Russell Adams, the pilot of the Australian P3 Orion updates the media on the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean after landing back at Pearce air base in Perth +14 A long way south: The southern search zone is one of the most remote places on Earth

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Blog Editors note:

Could the plane have been heading South East? Or is it only allowed to go North or  South? 

I guess everywhere other than where it more than likely went.

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