Ahmedabad: A GoAir Airbus Neo aircraft flying from Ahmedabad to Kolkata returned to Ahmedabad airport on Wednesday following a snag in the engine. The flight, with 185 passengers on-board, landed safely, stated news agency ANI. Within half an hour of take-off, the aircraft allegedly suffered the technical snag with heavy vibration in the engine. The flight reportedly took off at 6.00 AM and landed back at the Ahmedabad airport at 8.40 AM.
Meanwhile, the GoAir India airline on Wednesday took to its official Twitter handle and said, “Due to bad weather conditions at Srinagar flights to and from SXR may get delayed. Check GoAir flight status: SMS G8 <space> FlightNo to 57333.” The snowfall in Srinagar disrupted several flight services on Wednesday, stated officials from the weatherman.
On January 10, a Pratt & Whitney-engine powered A320neo plane of GoAir returned to the city due to ‘high engine vibrations’ after an hour of its take-off for Delhi, a source said. The plane, which had 168 passengers on board, made a safe emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport at 12.15 PM, the source added.
In a similar incident of a technical snag, on January 21, an IndiGo A320 Neo engine that was en route to Jaipur was forced to return to Lucknow. Such mid-air shutdowns of GoAir Airbus has been frequent. Therefore a review was conducted on the A320Neo aircraft by the ministry of civil aviation last month. So far, 12 mid-flight engine failures have occurred in India ever since the launch of A320neo engines powered by Pratt and Whitney engines in March 2016. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated that most of the In-Flight Shut Downs have occurred due to failure of “Number 3 Bearing” seal, “Knife Edge Seal”, erosion of combustion chamber material, and damage in the Low-Pressure Turbine Rotor Blades and Main Gear Box, according to a Times of India report.