Two more IndiGo planes grounded

Two more IndiGo planes grounded

This is the third incident of an A320 neo, powered with P&W engines, running into a technical glitch since the grounding of IndiGo's 8 aircraft on Monday which sent the airline's flight schedules haywire and wreaked havoc with flyers' travel plans.

"An A320 neo aircraft that operated Bangalore-Delhi this morning was proactively withdrawn in Delhi for a maintenance check to attend to a Pilot Reported Defect".

Both Indigo and GoAir continued to fly the planes with these engines as it is believed that A320Neo planes, which come with two engines, can be operated even if one engine fails.

Pratt and Whitney (P and W) President Robert F. Leduc has said that the grounded aircraft belonging to IndiGo and GoAir over engine related safety concerns will be back in operation by April-end. Put together, IndiGo and GoAir have cancelled around 626 flights.

A Bengaluru-Delhi IndiGo airlines flight was grounded on Sunday at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) in the national capital due to an engine snag.

The aircraft was immediately withdrawn to investigate the hydraulic leak and the aircraft was fit to fly after engineers fixed the problem, it added. "During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on #1 Engine, #3 Bearing Chip detectors which is a known concern on the Neo engine".


Responding to the incident of hydraulic leakage, the airline, in a separate statement, said, "A320neo aircraft that operated Delhi-Srinagar was cleared after maintenance checks upon arrival at Srinagar airport". Of these, eight belong to IndiGo while three are from the GoAir fleet.

The decision was taken within hours of an Indigo A320 neo aircraft being forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport due to engine failure in mid-air.

Last week, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had grounded many IndiGo and Go Air aircraft for faulty engines.

These are among the aircraft not red-flagged by the European or Indian aviation regulator when they recently said A320neos with PW1100 engines (serial number 450 and above) "are more susceptible to inflight shut down".

There are a few global flights from Muscat and to Sharjah that have been cancelled as well. In Jammu & Kashmir, flight was grounded after a hydraulic leak was detected from one of the engines.

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