Monday, September 25, 2017

Engine snag: IndiGo grounds one more A320neo aircraft

Low-cost airline IndiGo, which earlier denied any safety issues due to the faulty Pratt & Whitney engines equipped on its Airbus A320neo aircraft, grounded yet another plane after vibrations were witnessed on one of the engines mid-air, according to a source. The aircraft, with VT-ITF registration, was on its way to Bengaluru on September 20 landed back at Bhubaneswar airport after the snag surfaced, and hasn’t been operated since then.
The flight 6E3869 took off from Bhubaneswar at 8:50 pm, and was airborne for nearly 20 minutes before it landed back at the airport following the engine vibrations. In March, IndiGo had asked its pilots to not ascend A320neo aircraft over 30,000 feet to manage the strain on the faulty engines, but revoked this altitude restriction earlier this month.
However, according to flight tracking website flightradar24, the aircraft grounded on September 20, had barely climbed to the altitude of 3,800 feet, after which it returned to Bhubaneswar. When reached out for comments on this matter, an IndiGo spokesperson said the company had “nothing to share”.
25/09/17 Indian Express