New Delhi, March 13: India’s aviation safety regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a statement on Tuesday and clarified that 14 of 45 Airbus 320 Neo aircraft are grounded at present, while the rest are fully and completely operational as there are no safety issues with them. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: DGCA Asks Airports to Screen Passengers Coming From Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia
The statement came hours after public carrier IndiGo cancelled 47 flights after the DGCA had grounded eight of its A320 Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. The DGCA had also grounded such aircraft of another domestic carrier GoAir. Also Read - Telangana: 2 Trainee Pilots Killed After Cessna Aircraft Crashes at Vikarabad
Earlier on Monday, the DGCA 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 had said in a release.
Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been grounded following the same reason since February.