New Delhi, Mar 13: Domestic carrier Indigo Airlines on Tuesday had to cancel around 47 flights after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded its eight A320Neo planes for faulty engines. The DGCA also grounded such aircraft of another domestic carrier GoAir.
The airline announced on its website that the flights that have been cancelled include those from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati.
The DGCA on Monday had ordered grounding of 11 Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines following the third instance of mid-air scare due to engine failures in two weeks. “…keeping in mind the safety of aircraft operations, A320neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond engine serial number 450 have been grounded with immediate effect. Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory,” the DGCA said in a release.
On Monday, an IndiGo Airlines neo plane travelling to Lucknow suffered an engine failure mid-air and had to land at the Ahmedabad airport after a full emergency was declared.
Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.