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Thursday, February 14, 2013

ICAO to Temporarily Ban Lithium Ion Batteries as Air Cargo

ICAO has approved an interim amendment to prohibit the carriage of lithium ion aircraft batteries as cargo on passenger airplanes, the organization said Wednesday.

If approved when the ICAO Council returns to Session later this month, the amendment will rescind the organization’s ercent inclusion of lithium ion aircraft batteries up to 35kg in Special Provision A51 to the Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air, which became effective on Jan. 1.

“This amendment to Special Provision A51 is a temporary measure, taken to ensure that safety considerations remain paramount while the related investigations in the United States and Japan remain ongoing,” said Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez.

ICAO said the decision “comes on the heels of the grounding of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner fleet” by U.S. safety officials after a lithium ion battery on a 787 caught fire after landing at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

The new amendment does not have any impact on the transport of other types of lithium ion batteries as air cargo, ICAO said. More

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