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Mystery of lithium ion batteries in MH370 disappearance

Kuala Lumpur: A new mystery has emerged in MH370's disappearance with the Malaysia Airlines saying the lithium ion batteries carried in the plane weighed over 200 kg, even as the cargo manifest released recently listed

PTI [ Updated: May 03, 2014 16:38 IST ]
mystery of lithium ion batteries in mh370 disappearance
mystery of lithium ion batteries in mh370 disappearance

Kuala Lumpur: A new mystery has emerged in MH370's disappearance with the Malaysia Airlines saying the lithium ion batteries carried in the plane weighed over 200 kg, even as the cargo manifest released recently listed the “consolidated” consignment at 2.453 tonnes.  


“About two tonnes, equivalent to 2,453 kg of cargo was declared as consolidated under one master airway bill. This master AWB actually comprised five house AWB. Of these five AWB, two contained lithium ion batteries amounting to a total tonnage volume of 221 kg. The balance three house AWB, amounting to 2,232 kg, were declared as radio accessories and chargers,” the Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said in a statement last night.

But this has not been disclosed before and is not stated in the cargo manifest, the Star reported.  

According to Malaysian company NNR Global Logistics the batteries formed only a small part of a “consolidated” shipment weighing 2.453 tonnes.

Even though the MAS said the batteries weighed 221 kg, a company spokesman said they weighed less than 200kg. He, however, did not say what the remaining 2.253 tonnes of cargo was.

“I cannot reveal more because of the ongoing investigations. We have been told by our legal advisers not to talk about it,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.  He said he could not name the company which manufactured the batteries.

Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya had also announced on March 24 that 200kg of lithium batteries were on board the plane. He said they were packed safely.  

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