Published: Tue, March 20, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Indigo grounds two more A320 neo aircrafts

Indigo grounds two more A320 neo aircrafts

"This is a technical snag and it is being rectified", IndiGo said in a statement.

A Srinagar-Amritsar bound IndiGo A320neo aircraft was grounded soon after it took off on Sunday following a hydraulic leak from its engine.

The decision was taken within hours of an Indigo A320 neo aircraft being forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport due to engine failure in mid-air. Indigo said the aircraft was cleared after maintenance checks upon arrival at Srinagar airport but the pilot, while starting the engine, observed a hydraulic - not oil - leakage from the other engine.

"An A320neo aircraft that operated from Mumbai to Jammu, during maintenatnce checks was detected with leakage from #1 engine". On an aggregate basis for all airlines, 55.4 per cent of the flights cancelled in February were due to technical reasons.

Both IndiGo and GoAir cancelled several flights during the last one week due to a number of aircraft being grounded.

Among the 11 Airbus A320neo planes grounded by DGCA, eight belong to InterGlobe Aviation-operated IndiGo and three to the Wadia Group-run GoAir.

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"An A320 (non neo) aircraft operating Cochin-Mumbai and another A320 (non neo) aircraft operating Mumbai-Goa, had technical snag detected during departure". "Both these aircraft were immediately withdrawn for rectification".

After DGCA's direction, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operations in India.

There are a few worldwide flights from Muscat and to Sharjah that have been cancelled as well.

Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo grounded one more A320neo in its fleet after as many as five aircraft in its fleet faced glitches over the past 24 hours, compounding the problems of the airline already hit by cancellation of flights.

As many as 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines are grounded due to safety concerns, another aircraft has now been added to this number.

The problem with the PW1100G engines was first red-flagged by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) last month, following which certain restrictions were imposed on flying such aircraft.

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