The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday issued a new
safety directive for Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) and MAX airplanes
to address a potential issue with reduced fire suppression
The FAA said planes may have a failed electronic flow control of the
air conditioning packs that vent air into the cargo hold from other
areas of the plane. The directive prohibits operators from
transporting cargo in the cargo hold if airplanes are operating with
this condition unless they can verify items are nonflammable and
The FAA said the directive covers all Boeing 737 8, 737 9, and 737
8200 MAX airplanes and some 737-800 and 737-900ER series airplanes.
Boeing did not immediately comment.
The airworthiness directive impacts 663 airplanes registered in the
United States and approximately 2,204 worldwide.
Operators must comply with this directive beginning 10 days after date