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13 March 2018, 10:50 | Melanie Burgess
DGCA Orders IndiGo & GoAir to Immediately Ground 11 A-320 Aircraft With Faulty Pratt Engines
Few from the A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir have these engines, but the others that have been equipped with a different engine from the series can continue to fly because no faults have been discovered in them yet.
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.
A successor of the A320 family, the Airbus A320 neo is passenger aircraft that comprises four narrow-bodied aircraft variants: A318neo, A319neo, A320neo and A321neo.
"Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory", the agency said in a release.
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.
Hundreds of passengers have reportedly been stranded at various airports, after civil aviation regulator, DGCAgrounded 11 A-320 neo aircraft, Monday, March 12.
Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace company that manufactures both military and civil aircraft engines.
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That's not acceptable, according to Indian regulator DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling.
The DGCA's order today came after in-flight shutdown was reported on three aircraft that were being operated with one affected engine.
Pratt & Whitney said in an emailed statement that it's working closely with customers to minimise disruption and has already begun to deliver engines with the "upgraded configuration".
It added that the "aircraft on ground situation" may take until Q2 to be resolved.
"We are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights".
"Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground", an IndiGo spokesperson said.
Out of them, 32 are with IndiGo and 13 are with GoAir.
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