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IndiGo, GoAir cancel 65 flights after DGCA grounds faulty planes

13 March 2018

It and GoAir said they'd complied with the DGCA directive.

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.

Indian carriers have had three mid-air engine failures in less than a month, and the latest directive takes the total number of P&W geared turbofan-powered A320neos grounded to 14.

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Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace company that manufactures both military and civil aircraft engines. After the incident, the airlines ascertained that none of these affected engines shall be operated with IndiGo.

On Monday a flight operated by IndiGo, India's biggest low-priced carrier, experienced a technical glitch with one of its engines.

Clarifying its position, Pratt & Whitney in a statement said, "We are working closely with our customers to minimise disruption". The IndiGo airlines also expressed regret after thousands of passengers who faced inconvenience during the immediate grounding.

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The DGCA's order today came after in-flight shutdown was reported on three aircraft that were being operated with one affected engine.

The glitch with the so called knife-edge compressor seal is the latest in a series of expensive problems for Pratt in its development of the geared turbofan engine model. An airport official said the aircraft made the emergency landing at around 2200 hours. The flight crew carried out actions as per SOP and landed back at Ahmedabad following precautionary measures.

The cancellation of flights has hit air travellers as hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country.

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"We must give the highest priority to safety". An aircraft, on average, operates seven to eight trips a day and considering that 11 aircraft have been grounded, the number of cancelled flights could soar quickly besides the leading to cascading delays. "We are altering flight schedules and communicating the same to those affected by the last minute changes; we are making all possible arrangements to minimize the impact", GoAir said in a statement.

IndiGo, GoAir cancel 65 flights after DGCA grounds faulty planes