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Aviation authority grounds eight IndiGo and three GoAir aircraft with faulty engines

Aviation authority grounds eight IndiGo and three GoAir aircraft with faulty engines

The directive came immediately after an IndiGo A320neo VT-ITA flight reported engine failure and had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad following take off from the same airport on Monday.

"P&W, in their latest communication, has also not given any firm commitment as to when the issue on the engine... will be resolved, and informed that all the affected engines will be replaced by early June 2018".

According to the source, an aircraft on average operates seven to eight trips a day and considering that 11 aircraft have been grounded, the number of cancelled flights could easily touch around 80-90 besides the cascading delays.

The DGCA statement added since then there have been three cases of an in-flight shutdown of A-320 Neos fitted with one affected PW1100 engine.

Out of the grounded aircraft, eight planes are with IndiGo and three with GoAir. Of the 11 newly grounded Indian aircraft, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes. "There is no concrete proposal in place at this stage to address the issue", it added.

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However, there is a mismatch between the number of grounded planes given by the DGCA and IndiGo while clarity is awaited from the latter.

Under the Pratt plan, all defective components would be replaced by early June, requiring some planes to fly with one affected engine for nearly three more months.

Pratt & Whitney said in an emailed statement that it's working closely with customers to minimize disruption and has already begun to deliver engines with the "upgraded configuration".

In less than three weeks, there have been as many incidents of in-flight shut down of A320 neos fitted with one P&W 1100 engine.

On 13 February, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time. On February 9, he European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), released an airworthiness directive A-320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines because there had been some instances of aborted flights or situations in which the planes had to go back to the airport because of the disturbances that had been caused because of the faulty engines in them.


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