Monday, January 07, 2019

Mid-air scares: What are A320neo aircraft and what's wrong with them

New Delhi: With rising glitches in Pratt & Whitney engine-powered A320neo planes, the central government has decided to meet various stakeholders on Tuesday to review the recurring problems. In India, budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir use the P&W engines to power their A320neo aircraft.

The Centre's decision comes after IndiGo's Kolkata-bound flight had to return to Chennai on January 3, following a mid-air engine failure. It was reported that a "loud bang" was heard followed by smoke and heavy vibrations, according to sources.

IndiGo, however, said in a statement that the "crew followed the normal operating procedures and asked for a priority landing. There was no engine shutdown and no emergency landing was declared".
This was the third such incident in one month involving an IndiGo plane.

On December 10 last year, an IndiGo flight made emergency landing in Kolkata after its cabin was filled with smoke.

On December 23, IndiGo A320neo flight from Port Blair to Kolkata reportedly suffered mid-air engine failure.
07/01/19 India Today

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