India grounds Pratt-powered A320neos

India grounds Pratt-powered A320neos

India grounds Pratt-powered A320neos

Flights to and from Delhi were among the worst hit, information available on Indigo's website on Tuesday showed. Earlier in the day, engine failure forced an IndiGo plane to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport.

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

Post the incident, the DGCA said that the flights with the A-320 neo engines must be grounded with immediate effect.

The regulatory body also warned the two airlines not to refit the spare engines (beyond the serial number 450) that they have in their inventory.

"DGCA will continue to be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course as and when the issue is addressed by EASA and P&W", it says.

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"We do not consider these engines safe", Sinha said in the context of the aviation sector regulator's directive to ground 11 Airbus A320 Neo aircraft yesterday. That's not acceptable, according to the DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". The said aircraft was one of the 11 Airbus A320neo's powered with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, the company said that it was working with its clients so that there is no disruption in operations and has already started delivering engines with the "upgraded configuration".

A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded.

The move immediately grounded eight aircraft at IndiGo, India's largest carrier, and three at GoAirlines India Pvt. All defective components would be replaced by early June, requiring some planes to fly with one affected engine for nearly three more months. The affected passengers would be accommodated on other flights on our network.

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