India grounds all Airbus A320Neo jets with faulty Pratt engine

Indigo and GoAir 11 A-320 Neos planes with faulty PW engines grounded

The DGCA also grounded such aircraft of another domestic carrier GoAir.

On 13 February, the DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised.

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.

Pratt had proposed a fix that would see at least one engine featuring an older seal reinstated on planes while it worked on a more permanent solution.

Three A-320s of IndiGo planes had already been grounded because of being equipped with the faulty engines.

In India, IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights daily.

State-run Air India and Vistara, the local affiliate of Singapore Airlines Ltd., also fly the A320neo, but those are powered by CFM engines, made by a joint venture between General Electric Co. and France's Safran Aircraft Engines SAS.

In less than three weeks, there have been as many incidents of in-flight shut down of A320 neos fitted with one P&W 1100 engine.

Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". Not all of them are fitted with that particular series of Pratt & Whitney engines.

As per practice, the defective engines were replaced with other engines overnight. The Ahmedabad-Lucknow flight was returned to Ahmedabad. The flight crew carried out actions as per SOP and landed back at Ahmedabad following precautionary measures.

The decision on Monday left hundreds of passengers stranded at airports, PTI reported.

"At GoAir, the safety and security of passengers and crew is always accorded high priority and never compromised under any circumstance", the statement said.

"Since the grounding is with immediate effect, it has sent our operations for a toss". The airlines have promised to accommodate the affected passengers in other aircraft but there will be a change in their schedule.

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