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Indigo grounds two more A320 neo aircrafts

Indigo grounds two more A320 neo aircrafts

"Rest four aircraft are back in operation", the airline said.

Leading low-priced carrier IndiGo was forced to ground another A320 neo (new engine option) aircraft on Sunday as the snag-prone Pratt & Whitney engine let down the airline yet again. An A320 neo aircraft that operated Mumbai-Jammu, during maintenance checks was detected with leakage from one engine. However, during engine start, the Pilot-in-Command observed a hydraulic (not oil) leakage from #2 engine.

On March 12, Indigo A320Neo flight returned to Ahmedabad, within 40 minutes of being airborne due to the an engine glitch and the DGCA took action. The number of flights cancelled between March 25 and March 31 stands at 16 per day, the airline indicated.

Yet another IndiGo flight grounded in Delhi

Indigo has also cancelled over 120 domestic and worldwide flights scheduled between March 16-31. Both these aircraft were immediately withdrawn for rectification and are now back in the sky, it added.

DGCA and Ministry of Civil Aviation said that they are monitoring the safety issues very closely and have grounded 14 such aircraft proactively.

Sources said that the IndiGo's aircraft (VT IVE) is grounded in Jammu since yesterday. The airline had also suffered two aircraft technical snags on Sunday.

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Among the 11 Airbus A320neo planes grounded by DGCA, eight belong to InterGlobe Aviation-operated IndiGo and three to the Wadia Group-run GoAir. On Sunday, the plane on the Bengaluru-New Delhi morning flight was understood to have been grounded after metal chip particles were detected in the jet's engine oil. Meanwhile GoAir is seen cancelling about 138 flights between March 15 - March 22.

IndiGo and GoAir had to cancel several flights as nearly a third of their A320 Neo aircraft fleet remained grounded for the third day following a safety directive by the aviation regulator DGCA last week.

Also, as both Indigo and GoAir together operate more than 1,200 flights daily on an average, the cancellations may significantly disrupt the summer schedule of a huge number of travellers.

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The problem with the PW1100G engines was first red-flagged by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last month, following which certain restrictions were imposed on flying such aircraft.

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