IndiGo and GoAir cancel 70 flights over engine concerns
13 March, 2018, 10:51 | Author: Sheri Evans
IndiGo will have to ground 11 Airbus A-320 neo while GoAir will have to ground three such aircraft powered by certain Pratt and Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flight. IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights daily.
On Monday, an IndiGo Airlines neo plane travelling to Lucknow suffered an engine failure mid-air and had to land at the Ahmedabad airport after a full emergency was declared.
The grounded aircraft are fitted with PW1100 engines made by US-based Pratt & Whitney and carrying engine serial numbers beyond 450. Both of the airlines have been asked to not use these same engines in their planes, even if they have them on spare.
"DGCA will continue to be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course as and when the issue is addressed by EASA and P&W", it says.
In February, the USA aviation regulator said the Pratt & Whitney engines pose a shutdown risk, following similar action by European regulators that month. Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling. 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.
The DGCA has been informed by the European Aviation Safety Agency that it is evaluating "some interim proposals", and will be revising the emergency Airworthiness Directive "in due course as soon as current affected engines will be modified with a safer interim design".
A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded.
"The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration". However, said the airline, all affected passengers have been accommodated on alternative flights.
Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption".
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