Engine woes: Aviation watchdog grounds 11 Airbus planes of IndiGo, GoAir

IndiGo Go Air Neo planes grounded

IndiGo Go Air Neo planes grounded

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.

Most of these planes are used by IndiGo Airlines and GoAir and both the carriers are now trying to accommodate flyers on other flights. "We are working to mitigate the Aircraft on Ground (AOG) situation by the end of the second quarter", it added. Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling. The regulator said it will make further decisions on the matter after consulting with the European Aviation Safety Agency and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

These comprise eight IndiGo A320neos and three GoAir aircraft.

India has grounded all Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY -1%) A320neo powered by the latest Pratt & Whitney (UTX -1.1%) engines after a series of in-flight shutdowns. The IndiGo airlines also expressed regret after thousands of passengers who faced inconvenience during the immediate grounding. Indigo's boroscopic tests (which are used to test defects or imperfections in aircraft engines and gas turbines) detected these anomalies in 69 instances, Business Today reported. Not all of them are fitted with that particular series of Pratt & Whitney engines.

EASA repeated a ruling that operations by aircraft with one defective engine should be permitted, provided such jets don't undertake extended flights over water, where they're more distant from diversionary airports in the event of an emergency.

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The cancellation of flights has hit air travellers as hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country. "Safety is our top priority".

"Since the grounding is with immediate effect, it has sent our operations for a toss", PTI quoted an unidentified official as saying.

All flights cancelled are domestic flights scheduled for March 13.

However, 11 other A320 neo - 8 of IndiGo and 3 of GoAir - were allowed to operate as they were fitted with only one such affected engine, the release said.

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