Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

India grounds all Airbus A320Neo jets with faulty Pratt engine

India grounds all Airbus A320Neo jets with faulty Pratt engine

According to the report, the move came hours after when an IndiGo aircraft took off from Ahmedabad for Lucknow on Monday and then had to make an emergency landing in Ahmadabad.

According to the regulator, P&W in its latest communication has also not given any firm commitment as to when the issue on the engine post serial number 450 would be resolved.

Sources said the grounding of A320 neo aircraft will have an impact on the flight operations of IndiGo and GoAir. To this, the DGCA said that IndiGo's three aircraft with faulty engines were grounded last month but eight aircraft with only one faulty engine were allowed to operate with certain restrictions. The grounded aircraft include 8 IndiGo and 3 GoAir planes. The aircraft "experienced [a] technical glitch with its Number 2 engine", says the carrier. The DGCA statement added that at the moment there is no concrete proposal in place to address the issue. IndiGo had grounded at least seven of the jets by July a year ago, awaiting a fix for the engines.

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Under the Pratt plan, all defective components would be replaced by early June, requiring some planes to fly with one affected engine for nearly three more months. Early last month, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued an emergency airworthiness directive warning of a potential "dual engine" inflight shutdown on A320 Neo-family aircraft powered by PW PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration.

"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.

Under the Pratt plan, all defective components would be replaced by early June, requiring some planes to fly with one affected engine for nearly three more months. These included 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. GoAir has 13 such planes.

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