US FAA mandates inspections for 2,600 Boeing 737 aircrafts over oxygen mask issue


(MENAFN) The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced on Monday that it has mandated inspections for 2,600 Boeing 737 aircraft due to potential issues with passenger oxygen masks during emergencies. The directive covers both 737 MAX and NG models following multiple incidents where passenger service unit oxygen generators were found to have shifted out of their intended positions. This misalignment could potentially prevent the proper delivery of supplemental oxygen in the event of cabin depressurization.

Boeing issued a bulletin to airlines on June 17, prompting the FAA to take action with an immediate airworthiness directive. Under this directive, airlines are required to conduct thorough visual inspections within a specified timeframe—ranging from 120 to 150 days depending on the 737 model—and implement necessary corrective measures.

The FAA directive specifies that airlines must perform general visual inspections, replace oxygen generators with new or serviceable units as needed, apply thermal pads to secure them, and reposition any affected oxygen generators to ensure they are properly aligned.

This precautionary measure underscores the FAA's commitment to maintaining safety standards across commercial aviation, addressing potential safety concerns proactively to mitigate risks to passengers and crew. Airlines are expected to comply with these directives swiftly to ensure the continued airworthiness and safety of Boeing 737 aircraft in service.

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