Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pratt team meets DGCA after four engines stall in a week on IndiGo Neos

New Delhi: The snag-prone Pratt & Whitney (PW) engine of yet another IndiGo Airbus A320 Neo stalled with a “big bang” and high vibration during take off from Kolkata to Pune on Wednesday (Oct 30). Since twin-engine aircraft can land safely on one engine, this Neo (VT-ITM) returned to do so at Kolkata and is now grounded there. This is the fourth case of PW engine on an IndiGo Neo stalling during take off within a week.
Hours after this fourth engine stall, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Arun Kumar on Thursday afternoon met PW’s top brass, who had flown in from the US following the spate of incidents.
Kumar “told PW in no uncertain terms to comply with the orders (for replacing an engine each on 29 A320 Neos of IndiGo and GoAir that have more snag-prone engines under both wings within 15 days or else be grounded) by providing sufficient modified engines. After this meeting, the PW team and Kumar met aviation secretary P S Kharola who also reiterated the same to the PW,” said a person who attended the meetings.
“PW was told India is a very important market for them (IndiGo is the world’s largest A320 Neo customer) and that they should somehow expedite modified engine deliveries to the country and help avoid grounding of some or any of the 29 planes of IndiGo and GoAir. PW team will return to the US and inform Indian authorities of their replacement engine delivery schedule early next week,” said sources.
31/10/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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