DGCA orders IndiGo, GoAir to immediately ground 11 A-320 Neos with faulty Pratt engines
NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered the immediate grounding of 11 Airbus A-320 New engine option (Neo) aircraft that are fitted with a faulty type of Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines. Of these, eight planes are with IndiGo and three with GoAir. The regulator has asked the two airlines not to refit these engines — PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 — which are spare with them in their inventory.
The move comes hours after yet another engine failure on an A-320 Neo when an IndiGo aircraft took off from Ahmedabad for Lucknow Monday and then had to return to make an emergency landing in Ahmedabad. The about 180 passengers on board were safe.
To be sure, only a handful of A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir fleets have this specific series of PW engine. Even if the government decides to ground them, the Neos with other series of PW engines with these two airlines will keep flying.
Early last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued an emergency airworthiness directive warning of a potential “dual engine” inflight shutdown on A320 Neo-family aircraft powered by PW PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines. Air India and Vistara also use A-320 Neos but those are powered by CFM engines which are not facing the same issues as PW engines.
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