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Lithium cells’ FAA approval under scrutiny

Batteries OK’d as backup in A380 are critical in 787

Posted: January 28, 2013 at 2:44 a.m.

Joseph Kolly of the National Transportation Safety Board holds a burned battery case from the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The battery shows evidence of short-circuiting.

Joseph Kolly of the National Transportation Safety Board holds a burned battery case from the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The battery shows evidence of short-circuiting.

In December 2006, the Federal Aviation Administration allowed Airbus, the European plane maker, to use 14-ounce lithium-ion batteries to provide standby power for the emergency lighting system of its new A380 jumbo jet.

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