DGCA grounds 11 Airbus planes of IndiGo, GoAir

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

DGCA's move comes after Pratt and Whitney did not give a firm commitment in its latest communication as to when issues with the engines post Serial Number 450 will be resolved and informed that all affected engines will be replaced by early June this year.

According to reports, eight aircraft operated by India's biggest low-priced carrier- IndiGo that is owned by InterGlobe Aviation while three aircrafts are operated by its rival GoAir.

Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption".

A GoAir spokesperson said they have received the DGCA directive for immediate grounding of all late serial number PW GTF engines. "We are working to mitigate the AOG (aircraft on ground) situation by the end of the second quarter". The grounded planes all have Neo engines. We have complied immediately. Officials went into a huddle soon after and emerged with the directive to ground these A320neo planes.

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With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India. Prior to this, similar incidents involving a GoAir flight in Leh on February 24 and an Indigo flight in Mumbai on March 5 were reported.

Choubey said the regulator has put in place enhanced safety checks and was satisfied with the measures with respect to the issue of oil chip detection - an issue that had plagued A320 neos powered by P&W engines. The directive came after an IndiGo A320neo VT-ITA flight, which took off from Ahmadabad for Lucknow, had to make an emergency landing owing to engine failure.

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.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation in its statement has asked the airlines not to refit the affected engines.

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