More P&W Engine Problems As India Grounds 11 A320neos

IndiGo grounds 47 domestic flights due to faulty engines

IndiGo grounds 47 domestic flights due to faulty engines

However, in a late evening statement, IndiGo said it will have to ground only six aircraft. "The schedule and network are being reworked to accommodate the flights, which are to be operated by these planes", an airline official said.

With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India.

The DGCA grounded the Airbus neos fitted with "PW1100 engines" with engine serial numbers 450 and asked both IndiGo and GoAir to not refit these engines with spare parts in their inventory.

"P&W, in their latest communication, has also not given any firm commitment as to when the issue on the engine... will be resolved, and informed that all the affected engines will be replaced by early June 2018".

Out of the grounded aircraft, eight planes are with IndiGo and three with GoAir. The aircraft landed safely on one engine with no injuries. He added that three were grounded last month after the EASA orders. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration.

In a statement, Pratt & Whitney said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground.

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.

The DGCA adds that that two similar cases occurred recently, with a Jammu-bound GoAir A320neo returning to Leh on 24 February and a Kolkata-bound IndiGo A320neo returning to Mumbai on 5 March.

Speaking to Times of India, Air safety expert Capt Mohan Ranganathan said that the "DGCA shouldn't have waited this long to ground the aircraft". 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 regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

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