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American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Greensboro over smoking battery in passenger's carry-on

American Airlines said the odor may have come from a lithium-ion battery stowed in a customer's carry-on.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Charlotte-bound American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Piedmont Triad International Airport on Wednesday. 

The Airbus A321 departed from LaGuardia Airport and landed in Greensboro around noon. American Airlines officials said a lithium-ion battery stowed in a passenger's carry-on "malfunctioned and started to produce an odor and smoke." 

American Airlines said flight attendants put the battery in a containment bag on board. 

The plane landed safely and no one was hurt. It was carrying 126 passengers and six crew members. 

Customers are expected to board another plane to Charlotte shortly. 

Quick facts from American Airlines: 

  • The flight was operated on an Airbus A321 with 126 customers and 6 crew on board.
  • Initial indications are that a lithium-ion battery stowed in a customer’s carry-on was the source of reported odors.
  • The aircraft has been temporarily removed from service for evaluation by our maintenance team.

Full statement from American Airlines: 

"American Airlines flight 2036 diverted to Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) while en route from LaGuardia Airport (LGA) to Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) following reports of a potential odor in the cabin. The aircraft landed without incident shortly before noon and taxied to the gate under its own power. There have been no reported injuries to customers or crew, and customers are expected to board another aircraft with continuing service to CLT shortly. We thank our crew for their professionalism and our customers for their understanding."

Carrying lithium-ion batteries in baggage: 

According to the FAA's website, "If carry-on baggage is checked at the gate or planeside, spare lithium batteries, electronic cigarettes, and vaping devices must be removed from the baggage and kept with the passenger in the aircraft cabin. Even in carry-on baggage, these items should be protected from damage, accidental activation and short circuits. Battery terminals should be protected by manufacturer’s packaging or covered with tape and placed in separate bags to prevent short circuits."

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