Monday, April 02, 2018

Planes with engine woes to remain grounded: Prabhu

Asserting that there will be zero tolerance on air safety issues, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the aircraft with engine problems will remain grounded till the issues are addressed.
His remarks came against the backdrop of aviation watchdog DGCA grounding 14 A320 neo planes, operated by IndiGo and GoAir, due to problems with their Pratt & Whitney engines. “Pratt & Whitney has done some retrofitting, which has resulted in some challenges in engines. So, when it was pointed out to me, I said this is too risky because safety should not be compromised on any account,” Prabhu said. “Let them rectify this error and till that time they will be grounded and we called the airlines and told them to make alternate arrangements. By doing this, we are ensuring that there will be zero tolerance on safety issues,” he said, adding that the engines will be required to be certified again for air worthiness.
While 14 planes were grounded by IndiGo and GoAir last month due to engine issues, some of them are back in operation after being fitted with spare engines from P&W. Following the grounding of aircraft, there has been a significant number of flight cancellations by the two carriers. According to the minister, the situation is more or less stabilised in terms of disruptions.
02/04/18 Mumbai Mirror