FAA charges batteries with cargo caution

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: C.C US aviation authorities have urged cargo airlines to take precautions when shipping lithium batteries, due to their fire risk.An interim Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety alert was issued on Friday 8 October, a month after a UPS cargo jet crashed in United Arab Emirates, killing two pilots, Airwise.com reported.Though the cause of the Boeing 747 crash has not yet been determined, the flight was carrying “large quantities of lithium batteries”, the FAA noted, believing it “prudent to advise operators of that fact.”Lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries can be flammable and capable of ignition when short-circuited, overcharged, heated to extreme temperatures or mishandled, according to an FAA battery flammability study.Bulk shipment of lithium metal batteries is prohibited on passenger airliners.Whilst the Transportation Department proposal to reduce the risk of fire from lithium batteries is under review by the White House budget office, the FAA recommended that shipping customers clearly mark bulks packages of the batteries to be flown on cargo planes. Large shipments of lithium batteries may pose a fire risk to cargo planes, warns the FAAlast_img read more