Airbus warns of new Pratt & Whitney engine problem

IndiGo grounds three A320s

IndiGo grounds three A320s

Three aircrafts belonging to the fleet low-priced carrier (LCC) IndiGo have been grounded due to engine related issues, the civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Saturday. "Accordingly, EASA has imposed following restrictions with immediate effect", the official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said. "This condition, if not corrected, could lead to dual engine IFSD", EASA said.

India's IndiGo has grounded three jets, but regulators said its competitor GoAir is not affected. ETOPS are standards that apply to twin engine aircraft that are flying on routes, which have a diversion time of more than 60 minutes at the speed which can be achieved with one inoperative engine.

"This issue is isolated to a limited subpopulation of engines", it said in a communique.

According to the airline officials, they have withdrawn the three A320neo planes from service w.e.f. February 9. "We have three aircraft with the particular engine configuration which have been flagged by EASA", said IndiGo.

EASA has ordered operators to ground aircraft within three flight cycles if both engines have the aft hub modification. But we feel it was the best decision in the interest of our safe and reliable operations. "Product Safety Boards of PW and Airbus post evaluating the PW1100G-jm engine issue decided that all neo deliveries are postponed till further notice".

X This marks the latest setback for United Tech's Pratt & Whitney division and its Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines.

Pratt & Whitney, with the support of Airbus, is in close contact with the airline to address the results of a recent finding related to the issue, it added.

The problem could become much bigger if the engine supplier cannot find a quick fix, as the delivery schedule of future A320neo aircraft will likely be seriously affected in that case.

Several A320neo family aircraft have experienced engines failures in flight or during take-off, EASA states.

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