Icao Temporarily Restricts Carriage Of Lithium Ion Batteries

In light of the 787 incident at Boston Airport where a battery caught fire, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has approved an interim amendment prohibiting the carriage of lithium ion aircraft batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft. Final approval of the amendment from the ICAO council is expected when it returns to session later this month. The new amendment will cancel ICAO’s inclusion of lithium ion aircraft batteries up to 35kg in Special Provision A51 which only became effective on January 1, 2013. The carriage of other aircraft battery types on passenger aircraft under A51, or that of lithium ion aircraft batteries on cargo aircraft as cargo will not be affected.

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