Thursday, October 18, 2018

Error during assembly of P&W engine led to GoAir aircraft in-flight shut down in Feb '17: Report

New Delhi: An error during assembly stage of a Pratt & Whitney engine led to in-flight engine shut down of an A320 neo plane, operated by GoAir, in February last year, says a probe report.

According to the report, the misinterpretation of the MEL (Minimum Equipment List) by the operator regarding flight hours for the release of aircraft with chip warning caused the engine to fail in-flight is a contributory factor.

The plane, flying from the national capital to Bengaluru, had 193 people on board, including six crew members.

In recent times, there have been various instances of A320 neo aircraft, powered by P&W engines, facing glitches. IndiGo and GoAir had grounded some of their A320 neo planes due to the engine issues.
"The cause of the incident was an error during assembly stage as the PMA Rotor was incorrectly installed on gear shift which over the period of time generated FOD (Foreign Object Damage)," the official probe report said.
17/10/18 PTI/Economic Times

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