Engine glitch: DGCA grounds 11 Indigo, GoAir planes

  • Engine glitch: DGCA grounds 11 Indigo, GoAir planes

Engine glitch: DGCA grounds 11 Indigo, GoAir planes

DGCA said it had also asked the airlines not to replace the engines. However, in a statement, an IndiGo spokesperson said the airline will ground six aircraft, in addition to the three that were pulled out of operation last month after the EASA directive.

Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption". IndiGo and GoAir have ordered hundreds of A-320 Neos with P&W engines and are taking up the issue with the manufacturer and Airbus.

The directive followed instances of the engines shut-down during flights and rejected take-offs involving the A320 neo family aircraft. We have complied immediately.

India has grounded all Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY -1%) A320neo powered by the latest Pratt & Whitney (UTX -1.1%) engines after a series of in-flight shutdowns.

Indigo said it was in receipt of the DGCA communication and would promptly comply with the same.

"Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground", an IndiGo spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey had said that an appropriate decision would be taken today.

On February 21, P&W said it has come out with a revised configuration to address the latest problem in some of its engines powering A320 neo planes.

The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport.

Subsequently, three A320 neos of IndiGo fitted with both the affected engines having engine serial number 450 and beyond were grounded.

DGCA said it has not got a "firm commitment" from the United States engine manufacturer on addressing fresh safety concerns, which forced it to ground the fleet.

A320neo jetliners with Pratt engines featuring a seal that's been found to cause vibrations will no longer be able to fly, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement Monday.