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Safety of passengers priority: Govt on aircraft grounding

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today said safety of passengers was paramount for the government and with & Whitney engines could be used only after they were considered safe post technical analysis.

His comments came after the regulator DGCA grounding 11 planes with faulty & Whitney engines.

We have to give paramount priority to safety. There are 43 such engines in the worldwide, out of which 19 are currently in India, used by and

"We don't consider these engine safe as of now and the technical analysis is underway. They could be used only when we consider them safe, Sinha told channels.

Budget carriers and today cancelled as many as 65 flights after the of Civil (DGCA) grounded 11 of their planes with faulty & Whitney engines.

The Gurgaon-based cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, while the Wadia Group-promoted said it had cancelled 18 flights.

The DGCA had cracked the after an flight bound for returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of its getting airborne due to a mid-air engine failure yesterday.

Citing safety of operations, the Director of the DGCA, in the March 12 order, said that A320Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

Three other planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.

Yesterday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by the and due to the grounding of the 11 Neo planes of the two carriers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 23:05 IST