By Claire Ferris-Lay
Report into Dubai crash that killed two says cargo should have been treated as hazardous
batteries onboard a UPS plane that crashed in Dubai last year should have been
declared hazardous cargo, a report by the UAE’s civil aviation authority said.
Boeing 747 was carrying flammable batteries that were “distributed throughout
the cargo decks” while “lithium ion battery packs” should have been singled out
and handled as hazardous cargo, newswire UKPA said, citing the report.
plane, on its way from Hong Kong, crashed near Dubai’s airport on September 3
last year. The two pilots on board struggled to land the plane amid thick smoke
and low emergency oxygen. Both were killed.
report, which does not identify the cause of the fire, is expected to raise questions
about the shipment of batteries, the newswire said. Lithium batteries can
short-circuit and cause fires hot enough to melt a plane.
House of Representatives on Friday approved an aviation bill that includes
provisions to block a new set of tougher rules that includes provisions to crack
down on the transport of lithium batteries.
Mangeot, a USP spokesman, told UKPA that the firm is revaluating cockpit
emergency oxygen systems on their planes and examining safely technologies.
there were no hazardous cargo declarations on the flight's manifest, at least
three of the shipments contained rechargeable lithium battery packs that should
have been treated as hazardous cargo under international shipping regulations,
said the report.