Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yet another A-320 NEO snag: IndiGo flight to Kolkata lands in Nagpur after getting engine failure message

New Delhi: In yet another snag with the Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines powering the Airbus A-320 new engine option (NEO), an IndiGo aircraft flying from Ahmedabad to Kolkata on Wednesday had to be diverted to Nagpur after the cockpit reportedly got an engine failure message. The IndiGo NEO (VT-ITK) landed safely in Nagpur.
An IndiGo spokesman said: "IndiGo flight 6E-135 (Ahmedabad-Kolkata) experienced technical snag in one of the two engines. Though the aircraft could have continued flying safely, the flight crew decided to carry out a precautionary landing at Nagpur to get the aircraft checked. The aircraft landed safely. A ferry flight was organised to complete the journey of stranded passengers at Nagpur. Safety of passengers and crew is of highest priority in IndiGo."
Sources say 6E-135's pilots got a message that engine number two had failed. The latest problem with the snag-ridden PW engines of A-320 NEO has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Earlier this month, the DGCA had taken up the issue of constant troubles with PW. IndiGo and GoAir have PW-powered NEOs in their fleets. The unending snags with the engines often keep a significant number of these planes grounded. The meeting was called after seven NEOs of IndiGo and two of GoAir were grounded due to a snag in the engine at the same time. Pratt informed the regulator that it has this particular snag "to some extent". Since the snags require replacement of engines, which PW is unable to supply on time, airlines like IndiGo and GoAir suffer prolonged grounding of planes.
16/081/Saurabj Sinha/Times of India