Fiery crash could bring battery ban

US Federal officials are poised to rush in much tighter regulations on the transportation of lithium batteries on all US aircraft, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

The move has taken on extra urgency in the aftermath of the UPS B747-400F crash in Dubai that killed both crewmembers.

The investigators are looking closely into the presence and role played by any lithium-ion batteries onboard, which have already raised safety concerns about their inclusion on flights. Initial suspicions are that batteries present may have caused, or intensified the fire. Sources within UPS have revealed that the flight had large amounts of consumer electronics within the cargo hold.

For the full story read the latest free digital edition of Air Cargo News, no. 686 dated 20 September, here.

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