Boeing has warned airlines operating its aircraft that flying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries could cause fires capable of destroying them.
According to the Associated Press, the OEM said on Friday (July 17) that the world’s airlines were urged not to haul the batteries as cargo "until safer methods of packaging and transport are established and implemented.”
In a separate statement, the FAA confirmed Boeing’s words of caution and said tests it had conducted on the transport of lithium batteries had indicated that it presents a risk.
It said that when the batteries short-circuit; they emit highly flammable gases including hydrogen which if ignited, can cause explosions.
James Pozzi’s feature on lithium-ion batteries from ATEM 134 can be read on the MRO Network website.