IndiGo Forced To Cancel 47 Domestic Flights As DGCA Grounds A320Neo Aircrafts

13 March, 2018, 10:49 | Author: Franklin Nunez
  • Indigo and GoAir 11 A-320 Neos planes with faulty PW engines grounded

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

Back in 1990, A320 planes operated by then Indian Airlines were grounded following a deadly crash that had killed 89 people. "We are working to mitigate the Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situation by the end of the second quarter".

The two airlines have been directed not to "retrofit" such engines on to any existing aircraft.

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The move immediately grounded eight aircraft at IndiGo, the nation's largest carrier, and three at GoAirlines India Pvt. The regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. These included GoAir A-320 Neo (VT-WGB) after take-off from Leh on February 24; IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITJ) after take-off from Mumbai on March 5 and IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITA) after take-off from Ahmedabad on March 12.

IndiGo Airlines also said that they have been making necessary arrangements so that passengers are not inconvenienced due to the changes.

The glitch with the so called knife-edge compressor seal is the latest in a series of expensive problems for Pratt in its development of the geared turbofan engine model.

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In less than three weeks, there have been as many incidents of in-flight shut down of A320 neos fitted with one P&W 1100 engine.

As per practice, the defective engines were replaced with other engines overnight. The matter is being investigated by IndiGo Flight Safety team and DGCA. On Monday too, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir, reported PTI. "At IndiGo the safety and security of customers, crew and the aircraft is the top priority and can not be compromised at any time". As many as seven departures were delayed.

IndiGo announced on its website the cancellations of some 47 of its over 1000 daily flights across its domestic network for on Tuesday.

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"All affected passengers have been given the option to either choose another flight at no additional cost or cancel their booking and get a full refund without any cancellation charges".


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