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UN Aviation Panel Rejects Ban on Lithium Batteries in Cargo

  • Preliminary vote rejects calls from safety advocates, pilots
  • Lithium-based batteries linked to at least three plane crashes

A United Nations aviation panel has tentatively rejected a proposed ban on passenger airlines carrying lithium batteries as cargo despite calls to do so by U.S. regulators.

A dangerous goods committee at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal took the vote Wednesday, a preliminary step in setting guidance for aviation regulators around the world, according to two people familiar with the action. The people weren’t authorized to speak for the UN aviation group.