Bhubaneswar/Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo has cancelled as many as 47 flights from several cities including Bhubaneswar on Tuesday after the country's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded its eight A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, along with three such aircraft of GoAir.
While the decision was made keeping in mind the safety of operations, hundreds of passengers - especially of IndiGo Airlines and GoAir - were forced to change their travel plans and some remained stranded at airports.
The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.
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Earlier, the DGCA had directed Indigo airlines and Go Air to ground 11 Airbus A-320 New Engine Option (NEO) aircrafts with immediate effect, after recurring instances of aborted take-offs and in-flight shutdowns (IFSD).
"DGCA will continue to be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course as and when the issue is addressed by EASA and P&W", it says.
The DGCA adds that that two similar cases occurred recently, with a Jammu-bound GoAir A320neo returning to Leh on 24 February and a Kolkata-bound IndiGo A320neo returning to Mumbai on 5 March. The civil aviation regulator had asked the US-based manufacturer Pratt & Whitney for a commitment regarding safety concern but did not receive an affirmative response.
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Subsequently, three A320 neos of IndiGo fitted with both the affected engines having engine serial number 450 and beyond were grounded.
"The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration".
A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded. IndiGo has one of the largest A320neo fleets with 32 aircraft. All defective components would be replaced by early June, requiring some planes to fly with one affected engine for nearly three more months.
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