IndiGo, GoAir Cancel 65 flights as DGCA grounds aircraft with faulty engines

IndiGo, GoAir Cancel 65 flights as DGCA grounds aircraft with faulty engines

IndiGo, GoAir Cancel 65 flights as DGCA grounds aircraft with faulty engines

Indigo is both the largest current operator of the A320neo and the No. 1 customer.

On Monday, an IndiGo Airlines neo plane travelling to Lucknow suffered an engine failure mid-air and had to land at the Ahmedabad airport after a full emergency was declared.

Back in 1990, A320 planes operated by then Indian Airlines were grounded following a deadly crash that had killed 89 people.

On Monday, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ordered an immediate grounding of 11 Airbus A-320 New engine option (Neo) fitted with PW1100 engines beyond serial number ESN 450.

"Hundreds of passengers were stranded after a number of flights were cancelled by both IndiGo and GoAir in the wake of some aircraft going out of operations due to the DGCA order", a source said.

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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. The unilateral action is at odds with the European Aviation Safety Agency, the primary regulator for Airbus planes, which repeated guidance that the jets are safe if they have a single affected turbine. That's not acceptable, according to the DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling. "We are working to mitigate the Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situation by the end of the second quarter". Indigo's boroscopic tests (which are used to test defects or imperfections in aircraft engines and gas turbines) detected these anomalies in 69 instances, Business Today reported.

"While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights", Indigo said in a statement.

There are around 45 A320 neos, powered by P&W engines, in the country. The aircraft landed safely on one engine with no injuries.

Out of them, 32 are with IndiGo and 13 are with GoAir.

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