ICAO council prohibits lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft

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ICAO council prohibits lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft

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ICAO council prohibits lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft

By Ofonime Essien

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ICAO said its 36-State Governing Council has adopted a new aviation safety measure prohibiting, on an interim basis, all shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo on passenger aircraft.

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The council’s decision is effective from April 1, 2016 and pertains only to lithium-ion batteries shipped as cargo on passenger aircraft, and not to those contained in personal electronic devices carried by passengers or crew. It comes subsequent to extensive reviews undertaken by the ICAO Air Navigation Commission, and the UN agency’s Dangerous Goods, Flight Operations, and Airworthiness panels.

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ICAO council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said the interim prohibition “will continue to be in force as separate work continues through ICAO on a new lithium battery packaging performance standard, currently expected by 2018.”

The prohibiting of lithium-ion cargo shipments on passenger aircraft has been eagerly awaited by aircraft manufacturer and pilots associations, which have been the most vocal advocates for the new safety measure.

Source: Air Transport World


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