DGCA grounds A320 Neo planes with Pratt & Whitney engines

Mid-air engine failure DGCA grounds 11 A320 neo planes with Pratt & Whitney engines

Pratt and Whitney issues: DGCA orders grounding of 11 IndiGo, 3 GoAir aircraft

Eleven Airbus 320 (neo) planes of both IndiGo and GoAir will have to be grounded, as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered grounding of all planes fitted with even one affected PW1100 engines.

Of the 11 newly grounded Indian aircraft, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes. After this, three A-320s of IndiGo were grounded in India as these planes had both engines of the flagged type. 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.

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DGCA said it had also asked the airlines not to replace the engines.

The European Aviation Safety Agency has ruled that operations with one defective engine should be permitted provided affected planes don't undertake extended flights over water, where they're more distant from diversionary airports in the event of an emergency.

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"We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption". It comes after three in-service shutdowns of aircraft with one PW1100 engine featuring the seal, two of which occurred in the past week, according to the DGCA.

IndiGo released a statement on the DGCA's decision sayind, "We are in receipt of the communication from the DGCA and we shall promptly comply with the directions of the DGCA". "GoAir has received the directive from the DGCA for immediate grounding of all late serial number P&W engines".

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On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time. "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 (UTX.N). "We have complied immediately", a GoAir spokesperson said.

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