IndiGo cancels 65 flights after DGCA grounds planes with faulty engines

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

Indigo is both the largest current operator of the A320neo and the No. 1 customer.

The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo flight to Lucknow suffered mid-air engine failure forcing it to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport.

The assembled fuselage of an Airbus A320 narrow-body passenger twin-engine jet airliner moves across the Airbus SE factory floor in Hamburg, Germany. Both of the airlines have been asked to not use these same engines in their planes, even if they have them on spare.

The grounded planes, including the one that had a mid-air failure, all have Neo engines.

In February, the US aviation regulator said the Pratt & Whitney engines pose a shutdown risk, following similar action by European regulators that month.

That's not acceptable, according to Indian regulator DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". "...keeping in mind the safety of aircraft operations, A320neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond engine serial number 450 have been grounded with immediate effect". In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, the company said that it was working with its clients so that there is no disruption in operations and has already started delivering engines with the "upgraded configuration".

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The DGCA's order today came after in-flight shutdown was reported on three aircraft that were being operated with one affected engine.

A Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine installed on an Airbus A320neo aircraft. Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling.

It added that the "aircraft on ground situation" may take until Q2 to be resolved.

On 13 February, the DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised.

Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu is wasting no time in his new ministry.

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