Friday, October 26, 2018

Pratt-Neo engine troubles mount, 'vibrations' force GoAir Del-Hyd flight to return after take off

New Delhi:  Snags in Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines for the Airbus A-320 Neos have sharply risen after a brief lull. A GoAir A-320 new engine option (Neo) with almost 100 people on board had to return to Delhi on Friday after taking off for Hyderabad after the engines reportedly had “high vibrations”. This is at least the third snag in A320 Neos with PW engines, a combination used in India by IndiGo and GoAir, this month itself.

High vibration in Pratt engines for the A320 neos is the latest in the series of unending snags plaguing the engines for over two years now. A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the “manufacturer (PW) is aware of this (vibration issue) and is working on it”.

A GoAir spokesman said: “GoAir flight G8 423 from Delhi to Hyderabad returned back to Delhi after being airborne due to a suspected technical glitch. After normal landing, passengers were accommodated in another aircraft through ramp to ramp transfer. The flight had 90 passengers on board. Post inspection and investigation, the aircraft has been declared serviceable and operational. GoAir is committed to the highest standards of safety of passengers and its own crew members and the crew operated within the established guidelines to provide for safe travel.”
26/10/18 Times of India

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