4 IndiGo planes face glitches in one week

Mumbai: Country’s largest airline IndiGo is again battling Pratt & Whitney engine problems, with at least four of its planes experiencing glitches in one week, according to industry sources.

The P&W engine problems had led to grounding of around 25 Airbus A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo and GoAir during the period from April 2017 to March this year.

On June 3, an IndiGo flight carrying 183 passengers from Delhi to Ranchi was forced to return to the airport in the national capital due to mid-air engine shut-down.

The incident came just a day after another IndiGo plane, which was bound for Port Blair from Kolkata, had to abort take-off at the last minute due to an engine glitch, sources said.

Prior to that on May 30, IndiGo’s flight to Delhi from Udaipur was canceled and the aircraft was grounded due to engine failure, they added.

All these planes were A320 neos powered by P&W engines.

On May 29, another flight had faced engine issues. This was a Bengaluru-bound flight from Pune, sources said. This flight was operated by A320 ceo having P&W engines.

However, an IndiGo spokesperson said that except for the Ranchi flight wherein the aircraft had mid-air engine issues, the rest of the incidents were due to “standard issues” which occur in the day-to-day operations of a plane.

Queries sent to US engine maker P&W remained unanswered.
05/06/18 PTI/India Today

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