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In this photograph taken late Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, a United Airlines craft waits to take off from a runway at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Bloomberg) — U.S. aviation safety officials are raising new warnings about the dangers of carrying bulk shipments of lithium-based batteries on commercial flights.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday urged that battery shipments be separated from other flammable materials on cargo planes and that limits be placed on how many can be transported. Hours earlier, the Federal Aviation Administration sent a notice to airlines urging them to study the fire and explosion risks of lithium shipments — linked to three accidents — before they place the volatile power packs in cargo holds.

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