IndiGo, GoAir cancel 65 flights after DGCA grounds faulty planes

Chelsea West
March 13, 2018

To be sure, only a handful of A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir fleets have this specific series of PW engine.

The aviation authority made the decision hours after an IndiGo aircraft of the A320 neo family suffered an engine failure mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.

Back in 1990, A320 planes operated by then Indian Airlines were grounded following a deadly crash that had killed 89 people.

The DGCA on Monday directed IndiGo and GoAir to ground a total of 11 A320neo aircraft fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines. Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory.

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DGCA passed the directive to ground eight A320neo operated by Indigo and three by GoAir until further notice.

The grounded planes, including the one that had a mid-air failure, all have Neo engines. The civil aviation regulator had asked the US-based manufacturer Pratt & Whitney for a commitment regarding safety concern but did not receive an affirmative response. It comes after three in-service shutdowns of aircraft with one PW1100 engine featuring the seal, two of which occurred in the past week, according to the DGCA. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, the company said that it was working with its clients so that there is no disruption in operations and has already started delivering engines with the "upgraded configuration". Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling.

A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded. However, said the airline, all affected passengers have been accommodated on alternative flights.

On 9 February, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.

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