More Fire Protection for Cargo Planes Urged by U.S. NTSB

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    More Fire Protection for Cargo Planes Urged by U.S. NTSB - Bloomberg

    U.S. regulations may exacerbate the severity of fires on cargo planes operated by carriers including FedEx Corp. (FDX) and United Parcel Service Inc. (UPS) and should be changed after two fatal blazes, accident investigators recommended today.

    The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates accidents and has no regulatory authority, called for mandatory fire-suppression systems in cargo planes, fire- resistant cargo containers and improved fire detection.

    The board’s action was prompted by investigations into three accidents since 2007 involving cargo planes carrying large quantities of lithium-based batteries used in laptop computers, digital cameras and other electronic devices. Those batteries can ignite spontaneously.