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DGCA grounds 11 Airbus aircraft over IndiGo's mid-air engine failure

13 March 2018

That's not acceptable, according to Indian regulator DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". This had led to the grounding of three aircrafts by Indigo.

"We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". To be sure, only a handful of A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir fleets have this specific series of PW engine. "We are working to mitigate the.situation by the end of the second quarter", said a statement from Pratt, a unit of United Technologies Corp.

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", a GoAir spokesperson said.

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"We are in receipt of the communication from the DGCA and we shall promptly comply with the directions of the DGCA". Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground.

With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India.

The decision to ground the 11 planes, fitted with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines, was taken after 186 passengers on an IndiGo flight from Ahmedabad to Calcutta via Lucknow had a mid-air scare when one of the engines failed.

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European safety regulator EASA had in February this year released emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.

On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time.

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

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Aircraft manufacturer Airbus now offers two engine choices for its Airbus A320 Neos: P&W Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM LEAP-1A engines of CFM. IndiGo has one of the largest A320neo fleets with 32 aircraft.

DGCA grounds 11 Airbus aircraft over IndiGo's mid-air engine failure