Hundreds of domestic air travelers got stranded on Tuesday as budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir had to cancel as many as 70 flights after the aviation regulatory body grounded aircraft for faulty engines.
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 IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory.
"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.
A total of 3 other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.
Pratt & Whitney is an American aerospace company that manufactures both military and civil aircraft engines.
A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded. Indigo's boroscopic tests (which are used to test defects or imperfections in aircraft engines and gas turbines) detected these anomalies in 69 instances, Business Today reported.
Pratt & Whitney said in an emailed statement that it's working closely with customers to minimise disruption and has already begun to deliver engines with the "upgraded configuration".
"While we understand that this may cause inconvenience to some of our passengers, given that we have multiple flights to the same destination, we are proactively re-accommodating all our affected passengers on other flights", it added. The aircraft landed safely on one engine with no injuries.
India took the drastic measure of grounding all Airbus SE narrow-body planes powered by the latest Pratt & Whitney engines, removing the aircraft from the country's skies after a series of in-flight incidents.
Out of them, 32 are with IndiGo and 13 are with GoAir.
Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu is wasting no time in his new ministry.