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DGCA grounds 11 Airbus aircraft over IndiGo's mid-air engine failure

13 March 2018

The aviation authority made the decision hours after an IndiGo aircraft of the A320 neo family suffered an engine failure mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.

The move immediately grounded eight aircraft at IndiGo, India's largest carrier, and three at GoAirlines India Pvt.

Out of them, 32 are with IndiGo and 13 are with GoAir.

The DGCA has also ordered the airlines not to refit the engines even though there are spares in their inventories. Not all of them are fitted with that particular series of Pratt & Whitney engines. Following the EASA directive in February, Airbus had suspended the delivery of A320neo aircraft equipped with the affected engine model.

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Out ot the 11, eight are operated by IndiGo while GoAir operates three, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement. In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, the company said that it was working with its clients so that there is no disruption in operations and has already started delivering engines with the "upgraded configuration".

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.

Choubey said the regulator has put in place enhanced safety checks and was satisfied with the measures with respect to the issue of oil chip detection - an issue that had plagued A320 neos powered by P&W engines. IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights daily. Operators now using the A320neo have confirmed saving around 15 percent fuel-burn per seat.

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"The affected passengers would be accommodated on other flights on our network", IndiGo said in a statement.

"All affected passengers have been given the option to either choose another flight at no additional cost or cancel their booking and get a full refund without any cancellation charges". After the replacement, the defective engine is sent to the manufacturer and the planes continue to operate with the replaced engines, the report added.

"GoAir has received the directive from the DGCA for immediate grounding of all late serial number PW GTF engines". The flight crew carried out actions as per SOP and landed back at Ahmedabad following precautionary measures.

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DGCA grounds 11 Airbus aircraft over IndiGo's mid-air engine failure