Saturday, February 10, 2018

IndiGo grounds three Neos over engine alert

New Delhi: IndiGo has grounded three of its Airbus A-320 new engine option (Neo) aircraft, following a safety alert issued by European aviation agency over some variants of the Pratt & Whitney engines used on them globally. This grounding from Friday has led to some flight cancellations of IndiGo.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation chief B S Bhullar said: "Indigo has three such aircraft, which have been grounded. Go Air A320neo fleet has no such issue."
Confirming this, an IndiGo spokesman said: "IndiGo confirms the receiving the recommendations by Pratt & Whitney as well as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) with respect to the A320neo aircraft powered by PW1100G - JM engines. The recommendations are with respect to a certain sub-population of engines, with a particular engine configuration. IndiGo has only three such affected aircraft.
As soon as IndiGo learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service (from) February 9," an IndiGo spokesman said.
EASA has issued an emergency airworthiness directive warning of a potential "dual engine" inflight shutdown on A320neo-family aircraft powered by PW PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines.
10/02/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India