Monday, October 16, 2017

At least 15 Indian planes suffered engine damage while in the air this year: Report

More than 15 passenger jets belonging to Indian airlines reported engine damage while in the air in 2017 — the highest in six years — according to the civil aviation regulator’s data till August.

A Hindustan Times report stated that three of the 15 engine failures were raised serious questions about the country's aviation safety. On two occasions, an engine caught fire during take-off and in a different incident, the high-pressure turbine blade of an engine came off while on air.

“All three cases were of serious nature as anything could have happened to the aircraft. The passengers had a narrow escape,” an official in the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told the paper.

“An aircraft is inspected before passenger boarding. There are instances of flaws getting detected during inspection. In such cases, we ground the plane,” the official was quoted as saying. “But if a snag develops after take-off, during landing or whilst the plane is airborne and cruising, it is serious.”

According to data of the last six years obtained through the right to information (RTI), in 2016 only seven aircraft reported engine snags during flights.
16/10/17 Moneycontrol