UPS LOOKING AT RISKS OF LITHIUM BATTERIES FOLLOWING AIR ACCIDENT IN UAE

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By admin October 12, 2010 14:48

UPS LOOKING AT RISKS OF LITHIUM BATTERIES FOLLOWING AIR ACCIDENT IN UAE

UPS said on Sunday it was assessing the fire risks posed by lithium batteries, following an FAA report issued on Friday last. The FAA had said in its alert that the aircraft’s cargo contained large quantities of lithium batteries. ‘‘We note as well that United Parcel Service (UPS) Flight 006 crashed in the United Arab Emirates on September 3, 2010. Investigation of the crash is still underway, and the cause of the crash has not been determined. We are aware, however, that the plane’s cargo did include large quantities of lithium batteries and believe it prudent to advise operators of that fact.’’

Mike Mangeot, UPS public relations manager said the firm was in the process of analysing the authority’s report on fire risks of lithium batteries. ‘‘Speaking broadly, UPS has a standing lithium battery working group and an in-flight fire mitigation team that are already looking at issues similar to those outlined in the Safo (Safety Alert for Operators).’’ Mangeot said the company would not be drawn into speculating the cause of the crash when an official inquiry was being conducted.

Smoke was reported from the cockpit and the two pilots said they were unable to maintain altitude, according to a GCAA statement. Both lost their lives in the accident. The FAA said lithium metal batteries were highly flammable and capable of ignition. ‘‘This can be caused when a battery short circuits, is overcharged, is heated to extreme temperatures, is mishandled, or is otherwise defective.’’

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