Monday, April 02, 2018

Vistara Flight UK966, an Airbus A320, Ahmedabad-Delhi flight suffers technical snag

Vistara Flight UK966 landed at Ahmedabad airport a short while after it took off following a technical snag. The flight was headed towards Delhi when the incident happened. The flight took off from Ahmedabad at 8:40 pm and turned around and landed at 8:56 pm, according to multiple live flight tracking sites. It seems the aircraft did not fly higher than an altitude of 1000 m during its short fly around.

Vistara's fleet is composed entirely of Airbus A320-200 and A320neo aircraft. Most A320neo planes in India, most from IndiGo, have been grounded after a technical fault in the Pratt & Whitney engines threatened engine failure mid-flight.

It is unclear if UK966 was an A320 neo, or the earlier A320-200 variant.
Vistara soon tweeted to clarify that their fleet of Airbus A320 neo aircraft did not suffer from the same issues that have grounded IndiGo's fleet. The airline said it had chosen to go for the CFM International LEAP-1A engine, and not the now-problematic Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines. However, it stopped short of confirming if UK966 was an A320-200 or A320neo.

"There are two engine options on the A320neo. We have chosen GE/CFM on our neos, and these are not affected by the engine issues that relate to the other manufacturer. Thanks," Vistara clarified.
The airline also tweeted that a replacement aircraft was being flown in from Delhi and that the rescheduled flight would take off from Ahmedabad at 1:30 am on Saturday morning. The flight was scheduled to take off at 8:35 pm on Friday.
02/04/18 Zee News

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