FAA Warns Airlines To Assess Lithium Battery Risks

The FAA has issued a safety alert urging airlines to carry out assessments to manage the dangers associated with transporting lithium ion batteries as cargo.

The FAA has issued a safety alert urging airlines to carry out assessments to manage the dangers associated with transporting lithium ion batteries as cargo.

In a statement released on Tuesday (February 9), the regulator also issued a guidance to its inspectors to help them determine whether airlines have adequately reviewed the risk of handling and carrying lithium batteries as cargo.

“FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion and current cargo fire suppression systems cannot effectively control a lithium battery fire,” the FAA said in the safety alert.

Passenger aircraft are already banned from carrying lithium ion batteries as cargo, while some carriers have opted not to carry them as freight citing fire risks.

 

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