© Reuters. File photo: On July 1, 2019, the grounded Boeing 737 MAX can be seen in an aerial photo taken at the Boeing Airport in Seattle, Washington, USA. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson
WASHINGTON (Reuters)-The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Thursday issued a new safety directive for Boeing’s (NYSE:) next-generation 737 (NG) and MAX aircraft to address potential problems with reduced fire suppression capabilities.
The FAA stated that the electronic flow control of the aircraft’s air-conditioning units may be malfunctioning. These air-conditioning units discharge air from other areas of the aircraft into the cargo compartment. If the aircraft is operating under such conditions, the directive prohibits operators from transporting goods in the cargo hold unless they can verify that the items are non-combustible and non-combustible.
The FAA stated that the directive covers all Boeing 737 8, 737 9 and 737 8200 MAX aircraft and some 737-800 and 737-900ER series aircraft.
Boeing did not immediately comment.
The Airworthiness Directive affects 663 aircraft registered in the United States and approximately 2,204 aircraft worldwide.
Operators must start to comply with the directive 10 days after the date of publication.
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