Saturday, March 03, 2018

Flight with 166 on board makes emergency landing

Mumbai: IndiGo’s Kolkata-bound A320 neo aircraft from Mumbai made an emergency landing on Thursday evening after one of its Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines developed trouble and pilots reported high vibration and alert warnings.

Airport officials said the flight 6E 395, which took off for Kolkata from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) at around 6.18 p.m. with 166 passengers on board, returned to land safely at 6.58 p.m. Passengers were accommodated in a spare aircraft at 7.45 p.m. after a total delay of an hour and 50 minutes, IndiGo said.
In recent weeks, there have been instances of A320 neo planes powered by P&W engines facing glitches. The neo aircraft are currently operated only by Indigo and Go Air. On February 14 and 15, Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials said that neo aircraft operated by Go Air had faced issues thrice in a span of two days, both related to reported oil chip detection.

On February 24, another neo aircraft flying to Jammu from Delhi via Leh with 112 passengers and crew had to be grounded following indication in the oil chip detection system and spare parts had be flown in.

On Thursday IndiGo issued a statement saying flight 6E-395 en route Mumbai-Kolkata had to return to Mumbai due to a technical glitch (oil chip in one engine). IndiGo has reported this incident to DGCA and has also initiated an internal enquiry. All passengers were safely deboarded and at no time was safety compromised, the statement added.

Despite a series of incidents involving such A320 neo planes, the civil aviation ministry and DGCA are yet to take a call on whether to ground the entire fleet till the problems are fully addressed -- something that aviation experts are in favour of.
03/03/18 Aditya Anand/The Hindu