Saturday, August 25, 2018

Civil aviation minister asks DGCA to submit report on grounding of Airbus A320neo planes

After IndiGo and GoAir grounded nine A320 neo planes due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues, union civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday has sought a detailed report on the matter from directorate general of civil aviation.

"At present, there are 60 A320 neos with P&W engines (41 with IndiGo and 19 with GoAir). As on date, 7 with IndiGo and 2 with GoAir are on ground," the DGCA said in a statement.

These groundings are due to combustor distress found during routine scheduled boroscopic inspection, it added.

It refers to inspection done using a boroscope -- an optical device that is used for inspecting parts that are generally inaccessible. The regulator also said there are no safety concerns as such distress is found during routine scheduled boroscope inspections of these engines.

Prabhu has sought a report on the grounding of the A320 Neos from the DGCA.
24/08/18 CNBC TV18