IndiGo Cancels 47 Flights After DGCA Grounds 8 Planes

IndiGo Cancels 47 Flights After DGCA Grounds 8 Planes

IndiGo Cancels 47 Flights After DGCA Grounds 8 Planes

The grounded aircraft are fitted with PW1100 engines made by US-based Pratt & Whitney and carrying engine serial numbers beyond 450.

Three IndiGo planes were already on the ground following similar engine problems since February.

The two airlines have been directed not to "retrofit" such engines on to any existing aircraft. Immediately after getting this directive, IndiGo - which at that time had 32 Neos - had grounded three Neos which had both engines of this specific variant. After the incident, the airlines ascertained that none of these affected engines shall be operated with IndiGo.

The grounded planes, including the one that had a mid-air failure, all have Neo engines. "When the technical work is over and the engine is considered safe, only then can these engines be used", he said.

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IndiGo Airlines also said that they have been making necessary arrangements so that passengers are not inconvenienced due to the changes. Not all of them are fitted with that particular series of Pratt & Whitney engines.

The DGCA's order today came after in-flight shutdown was reported on three aircraft that were being operated with one affected engine. "Safety is our top priority".

EASA repeated a ruling that operations by aircraft with one defective engine should be permitted, provided such jets don't undertake extended flights over water, where they're more distant from diversionary airports in the event of an emergency. An aircraft, on average, operates seven to eight trips a day and considering that 11 aircraft have been grounded, the number of cancelled flights could soar quickly besides the leading to cascading delays.

"Since the grounding is with immediate effect, it has sent our operations for a toss", PTI quoted an unidentified official as saying. "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.

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