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IndiGo Withdraws Three A320 Neo Planes From Service Over Engine Alert

IndiGo Withdraws Three A320 Neo Planes From Service Over Engine Alert

The issue has prompted the European Aviation Safety Agency to put emergency restrictions on flying certain Airbus A320neo and A321neo planes that are outfitted with a Pratt & Whitney engine, according to a directive published by the European Aviation Safety Agency on Friday.

According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, it was aware of "several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown" and other in-service events with the engine on the A320neo, Airbus's best-selling plane. Airbus has issued an Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) providing instructions "to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue [ETOPS] for aircraft fitted with affected engines", according to EASA.

A Pratt spokesperson said the issue relates to a "limited sub-population" of PW1100G engines.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviationofficial said IndiGo has three such aircraft, which have been grounded. "We have three aircraft with the particular engine configuration which have been flagged by EASA", said IndiGo.




Airbus said in a statement that it had extended full support to Pratt & Whitney in its investigations into "the root cause of this new finding". "But we feel it was the best decision in the interest of our safe and reliable operations", IndiGo said in a statement.

Plane maker Airbus has postponed the deliveries of its A320 Neo planes indefinitely, potentially impacting schedules of Indian customers IndiGo and Go Air. IndiGo and GoAir are the two domestic carriers that operate A320 neo planes powered with P&W engines.

The problem stems from a component in the engine that can show early signs of wear, and it's located in an area that must withstand high pressure, an Airbus spokesperson said.

There are 113 A320neo family aircraft powered by the Pratt engines in service (the CFM Leap-1A engine is also an option on A320neo-family aircraft).


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