FAA issues new safety directive for Boeing 737 MAX planes

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Aug 5 - On Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration issued a new safety directive for all Boeing 737 MAX planes and some other 737 planes to address a potential issue with reduced fire suppression capabilities.

The FAA said planes may have a failed electronic flow control of the air conditioning packs, which vent ventilate air from other areas on the cargo hold to the air conditioning compartment. The directive prohibits operators from carrying cargo in the cargo hold if airplanes are operating with this condition unless they can verify items are nonflammable and noncombustible.

The airworthiness directive impacts 663 airplanes registered in the United States and approximately 2,204 worldwide.