The General Civil Aviation Authority has made recommendations addressing air cargo fire safety as part of its final report on the fatal crash of UPS B747-400 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Sept. 3, 2010.
“Nearly three years following this tragic accident, UPS pilots welcome the release of this final report,” said Robert Travis, president of the Independent Pilots Association, the collective bargaining unit for 2,800 UPS pilots, in a written statement. “Some of the GCAA's recommendations are already being addressed by a joint company and pilot union group, the IPA/UPS Safety Task Force, created shortly after the accident.”
UPS recently ordered 1,821 fire-resistant shipping containers that are built with new panel material that can contain a fire with a peak temperature of 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit for more than four hours. They were designed, built, tested and demonstrated for the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.
“We encourage the FAA and UPS to move quickly and deliberately in approving and fully implementing this new technology,” Travis said. “As UPS pilots, we are determined to do everything in our power to minimize the risk associated with on-board smoke and fire events. This includes proper regulations governing the carriage of hazardous materials, including lithium batteries.”