Transcript for Credit Card Reader Responsible for Alaska Airlines Emergency Landing
Thank you, T.J. To some answers concerning that fire that forced an Alaska airlines jet to make an emergency landing. A credit card reader is to blame and ABC's David Kerley has more on what went wrong. Good morning, David. Reporter: Good morning, robin. You can use your credit card to buy food or something else on an aircraft. The card reader but the power source. A lithium ion battery similar to this and these are the batteries that worry aviation regulators. That emergency landing in Buffalo leaves an Alaska airlines jet surrounded by fire trucks. Fire is out at this time. Reporter: But what fire crews who boarded the 737 find is a burned up card reader device similar to this. In-flight that credit card machine started smoking sparking even catching fire before the crew ex-tension wished it. The model of reader new to the Alaska fleet, the device powered by a lithium ion battery which Alaska says seemed to be melting. Lithium eye won batteries which power everything from our phones to computers can be a problem on a jetliner. They can overheat. Start a chain reaction. This is an FAA test of batteries that burst into an almost uncontrollable fire which is why the government wants to ban the shipment of large quantities of lithium ion batteries on airliners. It was a large lithium ion pack on the dreamliner which led to two major smoky fires and ground the fleet for an entire time. In Buffalo passenger has to wait for a new aircraft to finish their flight from the east coast to Seattle as the airline and investigators take a look at those card readers. That was a brand-new card reader for Alaska airlines and pulled them all off the plane, put on the old card readers, the maker says it's recalled all similar models. It says it won't speculate on whether it was the battery involved. It believes or it says at least, robin, it believes it's an isolated incident. I know you'll stay on top of it, David. Thanks so much.
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