US FAA on Friday issued a Safety Alert for Operators regarding carriage of lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft, warning that "recent research" carried out by the agency "shows that lithium metal (non-rechargeable) and lithium-ion (rechargeable) batteries are highly flammable and capable of igniting during air transport." While it did not claim to identify a cause for the Sept. 3 crash of a UPS 747-400 freighter in Dubai (ATW Daily News, Sept. 6), FAA said, "We ...

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