The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has made a series of recommendations to test lithium metal batteries more strenuously during certification following a fire onboard a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 at London Heathrow Airport. The fire, which caused extensive heat damage to the upper rear fuselage of the 787, started in the lithium-manganese dioxide battery of the aircraft’s Honeywell emergency locator transmitter (ELT). The AAIB rated the fire as a “serious ...

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