An aircraft operated by IndiGo, a unit of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Another IndiGo Aircraft Grounded Over Engine Woes

Budget flight-carrier IndiGo has grounded another Airbus A320 neo aircraft due to its looming problem in its Pratt and Whitney engine, sources said today.

The aircraft was grounded on Monday afternoon after it operated from Nagpur to New Delhi. Sources said that oil chips were detected in the engine, a problem responsible for grounding other IndiGo A320 neo aircraft earlier.

The airline confirmed the snag in a statement saying “post normal completion of a flight, an IndiGo aircraft was proactively grounded for a routine engine replacement yesterday”. It added that there was no impact on flight operations.

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IndiGo and GoAir, both budget carriers, have been grappling with P&W engine problems for several months. There are 60 A320 neos with P&W engines in India - 41 with IndiGo, and 19 with GoAir.

With the incidents of grounding happening at an alarming regularity, Civil Aviation Minster Suresh Prabhu last month sought a detailed report from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation on the issue.

Earlier in August, IndiGo grounded a brand new Airbus A320 neo plane, which had flown less then 50 hours after it was delivered to the airline on July 31 this year. On September 1, a Pune-bound Airbus A320 neo plane of GoAir from Bengaluru had to return after the engine reportedly failed midair.

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