GoAir plane makes emergency landing at Delhi

GoAir plane makes emergency landing at Delhi

GoAir plane makes emergency landing at Delhi

Thousands of passengers were left stranded on Tuesday, March 13, when IndiGo and GoAir, two of India's biggest low-priced carriers, cancelled as many as 65 flights after Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded 11 of their A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines.

Of these, 8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir.

The aviation authority made the decision hours after an IndiGo aircraft of the A320 neo family suffered an engine failure mid-air and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport.

Earlier, the DGCA had directed Indigo airlines and Go Air to ground 11 Airbus A-320 New Engine Option (NEO) aircrafts with immediate effect, after recurring instances of aborted take-offs and in-flight shutdowns (IFSD). Both of the airlines have been asked to not use these same engines in their planes, even if they have them on spare.

It said it will be in touch with stakeholders and review the situation in due course and when the issue is addressed by European regulator EASA and P&W.

Most of these planes are used by IndiGo Airlines and GoAir and both the carriers are now trying to accommodate flyers on other flights.

On Monday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir due to the grounding of the 11 A320 Neo planes of the two carriers. That's not acceptable, according to the DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage".

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

Pratt & Whitney said in an emailed statement that it's working closely with customers to minimise disruption and has already begun to deliver engines with the "upgraded configuration". IndiGo has one of the largest A320neo fleets with 32 aircraft.

Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu is wasting no time in his new ministry.

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