Passengers stranded as DGCA grounds 11 flights with Pratt & Whitney engines

Passengers stranded as DGCA grounds 11 flights with Pratt & Whitney engines

Passengers stranded as DGCA grounds 11 flights with Pratt & Whitney engines

Sources said the grounding of A320 neo aircraft will have an impact on the flight operations of IndiGo and GoAir. DGCA figures show that there have been 69 Neo engine failures as of September 15.

The grounded planes, including the one that had a mid-air failure, all have Neo engines.

Last month, Airbus said it had informed affected A320neo customers and operators of the problem, adding there are now 113 Pratt & Whitney-powered A320 neo aircraft flying with 18 airlines. The regulation from the DGCA came hours after an IndiGo aircraft made an emergency landing in Ahmadabad on Monday.

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A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded.

In Its order, the DGCA had said, "In view of few occurances of aborted take-off and in-flight Shut Down (IFSD) happening on A320neo fleet worldwide fitted with PW1100 engines (from Sl No. 450 and beyond)".

A320 neos with even one Pratt engine featuring a seal found to cause vibrations are no longer allowed to fly, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement Monday. Last Friday, the court asked the DGCA to file a reply. "...keeping in mind the safety of aircraft operations, A320neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond engine serial number 450 have been grounded with immediate effect".

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Three A-320s of IndiGo planes had already been grounded because of being equipped with the faulty engines. Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground. "This will hurt IndiGo in the near term and may lose market share to domestic peers". The three grounded A320neos make for 9% of its fleet.

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

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.

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The snags with the engines have led to repeated grounding of airplanes in India. Following the EASA directive in February, Airbus had suspended the delivery of A320neo aircraft equipped with the affected engine model.

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