Friday, August 04, 2023

Double trouble: IndiGo & Air India flights land back safely after engine snags

New Delhi: Friday was a day of double troubles with two aircraft — one each of IndiGo and Air India — safely returning minutes after take off to the origin airport due to engine snags. While IndiGo’s was a domestic Patna-Delhi flight, AI aircraft was headed from Mumbai to London.

IndiGo’s Airbus A320 landed back in Patna after one of its CFM LEAP engines reportedly had an inflight shutdown. The aircraft had about 190 people on board. IndiGo said in a statement: “Flight 6E-2433 operating from Patna to Delhi returned to origin due to a technical issue. Standard operating procedures were followed to prioritise the landing and the aircraft landed safely at Patna. The aircraft is currently at Patna airport and undergoing inspection.”

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this case.

After facing troubles with Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines in past few years, IndiGo had opted for CFM engines for its Airbus A320 family of planes. Almost 40 IndiGo aircraft have been grounded for months awaiting replacement engines from PW, which has been unable to do so at the required pace due to global supply chain issues.

04/08/2023 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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