After saying four days ago that MH370 was carrying three to four tonnes of mangosteens, the Malaysia Airlines CEO today finally admitted that the plane was carrying lithium-ion batteries, which may be flammable. But he maintained the goods were packed in line with standard safety rules recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. (Why was this information not disclosed earlier?)
The Air Traffic Management website, which says it is widely regarded as “the most influential and respected magazine within the air traffic management industry”, discusses the implications of this cargo.
And this is the IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document for the transport of lithium metal and lithium ion batteries. (Thanks to blog visitor Loke for the link). Basically, the packing guidelines include training for the handling of dangerous goods, the classification of the batteries, limits on the weight or quantity per package, the type of packaging material, the marking and labelling of the packages, and the shipper’s declaration of dangerous goods or documentation containing the details of the consignment.