Prabhu asks DGCA for report on grounding of 9 Neo planes

New Delhi, Aug 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/24/2018 12:26:54 PM IST

Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has sought a detailed report from aviation regulator DGCA on the grounding of A320 Neo planes due to snags in Pratt and Whitney engines.

In the meantime, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has submitted preliminary details on the status of planes grounded and said that nine A320s – seven of IndiGo and two of GoAir -- are on ground of the total 60 A320 Neos with PW engines with these two airlines.

The regulator has also pointed out that the groundings are due to combustor distress but ruled out safety concerns. “There are no safety concerns as such distress is found during routine scheduled boro scope inspections of these engines,” the DGCA informed the Ministry adding that it is in touch with the manufacturer and no additional measure is required on the issue.

The new A320 neos inducted by IndiGo and GoAir since March 2018 as well as new spare engines have combustors with better life, the regulator said and emphasised that the measures taken by the engine manufacturer have “significantly reduced the engine problems”.

IndiGo has total 41 A320 neos with PW engines and Go Air has 19.

“Engine removals are being planned and coordinated with the airlines as we continue to successfully retrofit the fleet with the latest configuration engines. Some aircraft will be out of service temporarily as they perform these removals,” Pratt and Whitney said in a press statement.

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