DGCA gounding 11 planes has 100s of IndiGo,GoAir pax stranded

India aviation regulator orders grounding of 11 jets fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines

Pratt had proposed a fix that would see at least one engine featuring an older seal reinstated on planes while it worked on a more permanent solution.

The regulatory body also warned the two airlines not to refit the spare engines (beyond the serial number 450) that they have in their inventory.

While GoAir has said it has removed 18 flights from its schedule, there is no communication on exactly which flights have been cancelled.

Indian carriers have had three mid-air engine failures in less than a month, and the latest directive takes the total number of P&W geared turbofan-powered A320neos grounded to 14.

Most of the initial 88 aircraft are operational and have clocked more than 57,600 flight hours over 142 routes, the report added. The IndiGo airlines also expressed regret after thousands of passengers who faced inconvenience during the immediate grounding.

The aircraft were grounded after an IndiGo flight to Lucknow was forced to make an emergency landing in Ahmedabad due to the latest in a series of engine problems on the super fuel-efficient aircraft.

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India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation Monday grounded the 11 A320 Neo aircraft following a mid-air scare. Not all of them are fitted with that particular series of Pratt & Whitney engines.

The DGCA official said since then, there have been three cases of the in-flight shutdown of A-320 Neos fitted with one affected PW1100 engine. The flight crew carried out actions as per SOP and landed back at Ahmedabad following precautionary measures.

PTI quoted a source as saying that "hundreds of passengers were stranded" after the flights were grounded. "Safety is our top priority".

"Since the grounding is with immediate effect, it has sent our operations for a toss".

"We are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights".

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