IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA grounds planes with faulty engines

Posted March 13, 2018

GoAir operates 230 flights per day.

The aircraft were grounded after an IndiGo flight to Lucknow was forced to make an emergency landing in Ahmedabad due to the latest in a series of engine problems on the super fuel-efficient aircraft.

A successor of the A320 family, the Airbus A320 neo is passenger aircraft that comprises four narrow-bodied aircraft variants: A318neo, A319neo, A320neo and A321neo.

Eleven aircraft operated by Indian carriers IndiGo and GoAir are affected by the directive from India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it said.

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Aviation minister Jayant Sinha said India's largest airline Indigo and competitor Go Air can use their grounded planes if they are able to secure "alternative engines" to be used in place of the faulty ones.

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 grounded planes, including the one that had a mid-air failure, all have Neo engines. 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.

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

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A Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine installed on an Airbus A320neo aircraft. The airlines have promised to accommodate the affected passengers in other aircraft but there will be a change in their schedule.

There are around 45 A320 neos, powered by P&W engines, in the country.

The DGCA's significant decision also comes on a day when Suresh Prabhu took over the additional charge of Civil Aviation Ministry following the resignation of NDA ally TDP's leader Ashok Gajapathi Raju from the post last week.

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