Sunday, September 02, 2018

Now, vibrations on Pratt engine force GoAir A-320 Neo to return to Bangalore soon after take off

New Delhi: In yet another Pratt & Whitney (PW) engine trouble on Airbus A-320 Neo, GoAir’s Bangalore-Pune flight (G8-283) with 169 passengers on board had to return to the origin soon after takeoff on Saturday. While sources say pilots got a warning of engine vibration after getting airborne followed by other alarms that eventually led to in-flight shutdown (IFSD) of the engine, PW said it was not an IFSD but “air turnback”, meaning the plane discontinued its journey to the destination and turned back to Bangalore.
The A-320 new engine option (Neo) safely landed back. A GoAir spokesman said: “Flight G8-283 (Bangalore-Pune) suffered a technical glitch. As a standard operating procedure, the captain returned back to Bengaluru. Post landing, all passengers were cared for and accommodated on alternate flights. GoAir sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers. GoAir is committed to the highest degree of safety of passengers and its own crew members and the crew operated within the established guidelines to provide for safe travel.”
Excessive vibration in its A-320 Neo engines is the latest headache for PW. The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is watching this latest snag in Pratt engines closely. Once and if FAA issues some directives, the Indian regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will follow the same.
02/09/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India