External battery fire forces emergency flight landing

The United plane, on its way to Nassau, Bahamas, from New Jersey, landed in Ohio after the crew put out the smoke and fire from the lithium ion batteries.
1:19 | 02/27/20

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Next, the midair emergency onboard a united flight from newwork to the Bahamas today. The pilot diverting to the aport in Daytona Beach. Emergency personnel meeting the plane when it landed. And here's ABC's David Kerley, who covers aviation for us. Reporter: These burned external batteries forced a united crew to declare an emergency and divert as smoke filled their cabin. I've got an emergency inbound from the east, a united airbus. Reporter: The jetliner from Newark to Nass landed safely in daytona after the flight crew used a containment bag like this to put out the smoke and fire from the lithium ion batteries. A safety device which has become a must-have on jetliners. We've seen more and more of these frightening fires as passengers carry more devices onboard. This one in 2018. The FAA also worried about these batteries in the cargo hold, as this test shows, because crews can't put those fires out. The FAA is investigating this morning's incident. The batteries were removed. The a-320 jetliner was refueled and continued its journey to the Bahamas. These battery fires on jets spiked back in 2016, doubling in number. And there have been more than 40 of these incidents on average per year each of the past four years. David? David Kerley tonight, you this. We turn next to the race for

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