February 9, 2016 - The Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) today issued a safety alert
to U.S. and foreign commercial passenger and
cargo airlines, urging them to conduct a safety
risk assessment to manage the risks associated
with transporting lithium batteries as cargo.
The FAA also is issuing guidance to its own
inspectors to help them determine whether the
airlines have adequately assessed the risk of
handling and carrying lithium batteries as
FAA battery fire testing has highlighted the
potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss
due to damage resulting from a lithium battery
fire or explosion. Current cargo fire
suppression systems cannot effectively control a
lithium battery fire.