IndiGo's Airbus 320 neo aircraft grounded due to engine failure

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 18, 2018

Citing safety of aircraft operations, the DGCA had said, A320 neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

The A320 neo aircraft, bearing registration number VT-ITX, has not flown since 8:45am on Sunday after landing at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi global Airport (IGIA), according to FlightRadar24, a flight-tracking website.

Many aircrafts operated by IndiGo and GoAir were grounded after a DGCA order due to faulty Pratt and Whitney engines in them.

Yet another A320 (neo) aircraft was grounded on Sunday at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport due to engine safety concerns. "The aircraft operated (6E 132) Bangalore-Delhi and was grounded in Delhi", said an source in the know.

This is the third incident of an IndiGo A320neo, fitted with P&W engines, facing a glitch since the grounding of 11 aircraft on March 12.

"These maintenance checks are part of a comprehensive programme of early detection".

Of these, eight belong to IndiGo and the rest are of GoAir.

The ET report said that this was the fourth such case involving neo engine.

According to the curtailed flight schedule submitted to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and posted on the airline's website, IndiGo would not operate 36 daily flights between March 15 and March 21. "During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on engine number 1, (and) number 3 bearing chip detector, which is a known concern on the Neo engine", PTI quoted the airline as saying.

On March 13, IndiGo aircraft VT-ITH operating on the Mumbai-Delhi route had confronted the same problem.

Consequently, both IndiGo and GoAir have cancelled over 600 flights this month, with 488 flights by IndiGo alone.

The grounded planes of budget airlines IndiGo and GoAir will start flying again by the end of April, said the president of the engine-maker Pratt & Whitney on Sunday, according to IANS.

On February 9, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320neo planes fitted with P&W1100 engines having a particular serial number.

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