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India DGCA grounds 8 IndiGo, 3 GoAir planes after flight engine fails mid-air

17:02  12 march  2018
17:02  12 march  2018 Source:   indiatoday.in

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DGCA grounds 11 planes belonging to IndiGo , GoAir . All grounded planes are Neo (new engine option) flights . The Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded 11 planes belonging to two carriers, after the engine of an IndiGo Neo (new engine option) flight failed mid - air Monday.

Aviation watchdog DGCA on Monday ordered IndiGo and GoAir to immediately ground 11 A320 neo planes powered with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines after three incidents of mid - air engine failures in less than a month.

  DGCA grounds 8 IndiGo, 3 GoAir planes after flight engine fails mid-air

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded 11 planes belonging to two carriers, after the engine of an IndiGo Neo (new engine option) flight failed mid-air Monday.

The grounded planes all have Neo engines. 

IndiGo released a statement on the DGCA's decision sayind, "We are in receipt of the communication from the DGCA and we shall promptly comply with the directions of the DGCA. Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground. The affected passengers would be accommodated on other flights on our network. Safety is our top priority."

GoAir spokesperson released a statement saying, "GoAir has received the directive from the DGCA for immediate grounding of all late serial number PW GTF engines. We have complied immediately. GoAir is committed to the highest standards of safety and compliance and we sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our valued customers. We are altering flight schedules and communicating the same to those affected by the last minute changes; we are making all possible arrangements to minimize the impact."

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The decision came soon after an IndiGo flight encountered a mid - air engine failure forcing the Lucknow-bound flight "Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines , which are spare with them in their inventory," the Directorate General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA ) said in a release.

Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights . Of these, 8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir .

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DGCA figures show that there have been 69 Neo engine failures as of September 15. This number crossed well over 100 today.

Engine number 2 of an Ahmedabad-Lucknow flight failed mid-air today and made an emergency landing at the Gujarati city.

A full emergency was declared at the airport, and operations were halted. As many as seven departures were delayed.

(With inputs from Nagarjun Dwarakanath and Poulomi Saha)

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