No respite yet for IndiGo, GoAir from P&W glitches

IndiGo and GoAir, which have ordered 574 A320neo planes of Airbus SE with Pratt & Whitney engines, continue to face glitches with the engine, raising concerns on passenger safety.

As recently as Monday, an A320neo flight of IndiGo from Lucknow to Jaipur had to turn back to the airport after pilots observed high levels of vibration in one of the two P&W engines. On 10 January, a Delhi-bound GoAir flight returned to Mumbai after high vibrations in the engine. There have been several such incidents in the past year including with foreign airlines.

The European Aviation Safety Agency last November said flights of A320neo planes with one defective P&W engine of certain serial numbers should be permitted, provided they don’t do long flights over water, where they are more distant from airports in case of an emergency. Read More

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