India Grounds Airbus Planes With Troubled Pratt & Whitney Engines

Clay Curtis
March 13, 2018

After DGCA's regulations, the IndiGo airlines have ascertained that none of these affected engines shall be operated by IndiGo. While Indigo has eight such aircraft, GoAir has three.

In a statement, a spokesperson for P&W said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise the disruption". To be sure, only a handful of A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir fleets have this specific series of PW engine.

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board. "We are in receipt of the communication from the DGCA and we shall comply promptly with the directions of the DGCA".

A320neo jetliners with Pratt engines that have a seal found to cause vibrations will no longer be able to fly, India regulators said. 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.

"Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground", an IndiGo spokesperson said.

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On February 21, P&W said it has come out with a revised configuration to address the latest problem in some of its engines powering A320 neo planes. Indigo and Go Air have been asked by the regulator not to refit these engines (PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450) which are spare with them in their inventory.

Eleven aircraft operated by Indian carriers IndiGo and GoAir are affected by the directive from India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it said. Immediately after getting this directive, IndiGo - which at that time had 32 Neos - had grounded three Neos which had both engines of this specific variant.

It was forced to return to Ahmedabad airport, in western India, the airline, which is owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said in a separate statement.

The DGCA's significant decision also comes on a day when Suresh Prabhu took over the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry following the resignation of NDA ally TDP's leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju from the post last week.

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