NEW DELHI: Immediate grounding of of 11 Airbus A-320 New engine option (Neo) aircraft that are fitted with a faulty type of Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
The regulator ordered Indigo and GoAir not to to refit these engines (PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450) which are spare with them in their inventory.
Another engine failure on an A-320 Neo, which took off from Ahmedabad for Lucknow Monday and then had to return to make an emergency landing in Ahmedabad.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had on February 9 issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A-320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines (from serial number 450 and beyond) due to some occurrences of aborted take-off and in-flight shut down (IFSD) of these engines. Immediately after this, three A-320s of IndiGo were grounded in India as these planes had both engines of the flagged type.
“11 other A-320 Neos aircraft (eight in IndiGo fleet and three in Go Air fleet) were allowed to operate as they were fitted with one affected engine having ESN 450 and beyond,” said a senior DGCA official.
Since then, three cases of in-flight shutdown of A-320 Neos fitted with one affected PW1100 engine. These were: GoAir A-320 Neo (VT-WGB) after take-off from Leh on February 24; IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITJ) after take-off from Mumbai on March 5 and IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITA) after take-off from Ahmedabad on March 12.
The DGCA official said,“In view of the above, and keeping in the safety of aircraft operations, A-320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect. Both IndiGo and Go Air have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory,”.
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