Four More IndiGo Planes with Pratt & Whitney Engines Face Glitches
A logo sits on the underside of the fuselage of an Airbus SAS A320 aircraft operated by IndiGo. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Four More IndiGo Planes with Pratt & Whitney Engines Face Glitches

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Four IndiGo planes powered by Pratt & Whitney engines reported glitches between Sunday and Tuesday, people aware of the matter said.

IndiGo, however, has continued to deploy a few planes powered by P&W engines for daily operations, despite them reporting heavy engine vibrations, one of the persons cited above said yesterday.

A senior official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation refuted the allegations, saying "vibrations were within the limits prescribed by the U.S. and European aviation safety regulators and they (the planes) have been released for operations after boroscopic inspection." Nevertheless, DGCA is keeping a close watch on them, the official added.

According to the source, on Tuesday an Indigo flight bound to Doha being operated by an A321 Neo plane (VT-IUC) was recalled to the bay from take-off holding point due to a technical issue in Delhi, while a full emergency was declared for a Chennai-Delhi flight on its arrival Monday due to a technical glitch.

In another incident Monday, a Hyderabad-bound Indigo flight operated by an A320 plane was forced to abort take-off after the pilot reported a technical snag in Bengaluru, the source added.

Before this, on Sept. 8, the airline's Hyderabad- Gorakhpur flight was diverted to Varanasi due to an engine stall, which was accompanied by high engine vibrations, the source said.

Indigo, said two of the reported cases were routine maintenance issues and the planes are back into operations. In the other case, the aircraft is currently undergoing 'C check' at an MRO facility in Hyderabad, the airline said.

"There were two instances, wherein one was in Mumbai which resulted in an air turn back. The other one was in Guwahati which resulted in an aborted take-off at low speed.

Both these aircraft are withdrawn from services and are awaiting engine replacement," the airline said in a statement.

A senior DGCA official, in response to quires on the incidents from PTI said all these occurrences have been attended to and wherever needed the pre-emptive actions such as engine replacements have been undertaken.

"Some of the engines, which reported vibrations were within the limits prescribed by the FAA and the EASA and after the boroscopic inspection they were released. Some of events referred also took place in aircraft with current engine option engines, Boeing 737s, Bombardier Q400s, and ATRs," the official said.

"We are keeping a close watch on these issues. We reiterate our commitment to complete safety," the official said.

Also read: IndiGo Passengers ‘Forced’ To Sit In Stranded Flight, DGCA To Probe

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