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USA: The Lobby For Lithium Batteries On Aircraft

The Rechargeable Battery Association (PRBA) Wednesday took aim at a recent FA study about the risks posed to aircraft by lithium batteries, calling it “scare-mongering” and distracting from important safety issues. The FAA’s Freighter Airplane Cargo Fire Risk Model (PDF) assessed the likely number of U.S.-registered fire accidents through 2020. The answer, according to the study, is about one every other year. The FAA’s findings assumed batteries contributed to two key incidents it used to develop its risk model. According to the PRBA, “no facts are presented that indicate any involvement of batteries in the incidents.” When the batteries do burn, there is little doubt about their destructive potential.


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