Saturday, February 10, 2018

Pratt & Whitney engine issue could ground some planes

An issue with some engines built by Pratt &Whitney could ground some Airbus planes and limit how long others can fly.
The issue has prompted the European Aviation Safety Agency to put emergency restrictions on flying certain Airbus A320neo and A321neo planes that are outfitted with a Pratt & Whitney engine, according to a directive published by the European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday.
The engine issue has been linked to "several" reports of "in-flight shutdown," European officials say.
Airbus brought the issue to the European aviation agency's attention, a spokesperson said, and the company has outlined safety recommendations for airlines until Pratt & Whitney can fix or replace the engines.

"This is something done hand-in-hand with the regulators to put some teeth behind the recommendations that we made," an Airbus spokesperson said.
The Pratt & Whitney engines are installed in about 113 Airbus planes across 18 airlines -- the majority of which are in India and Europe, a Pratt & Whitney spokesperson told CNNMoney.
09/02/18 Jackie Wattles/CNN Money