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GoAir grounds seven A320 Neo aircraft for recurring P&W engine glitches

P&W engine woes had forced both GoAir and the larger rival IndiGo (which operates 57 of such planes) to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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Airbus A320 Neo | Photo: Shutterstock

The recurring glitches on the Pratt & Whitney-powered planes have forced the Wadia group-run to ground as many as seven Neos, a source said Monday.

The has 49 planes in the fleet and 30 of them are

Notably, the civil ministry is set review the frequent on-ground and mid-air glitches that the P&W engines, powering these planes, have been facing soon after their induction in early 2016.

"is unable to operate seven of its due to the P&W engine problems. Currently, these planes are grounded and awaiting engine replacements," a source close to the development said.

Most of these are grounded in while some are parked in Delhi, the source said.

A was not available for comments and queries sent to P&W remained unanswered.

P&W engine woes had forced both Goair and the larger rival (which operates 57 of such planes) to ground some of the A320 on earlier occasions also.

During February and March last year, 14 planes -- 11 of and three of Goair - were grounded by the regulator DGCA following a series of mid-air engine shutdowns.

Apart from these two carriers, and also operate A320 Neos but they are powered by CFM engines.

Despite repeated glitches forcing and P&W to monetarily compensate the operators for each grounding, neither the nor the could provide any so far.

The government, on its part, has also not acted tough such as ordering grounding of the entire fleet with these engines unless all the issues are fixed.

When asked whether the government would direct the airlines to stop taking deliveries of A320 Neos with P&W engines as long as glitches are not fixed permanently following yet another incident, secretary RN Choubey had told Saturday that "we have taken serious note and we will review it on Tuesday."

However, the industry experts say its high time the government puts the safety of passengers first by ordering grounding of the entire fleet of A320 Neos and not on a peace-meal basis.

The development came after a Kolkata-bound flight from Chennai had to return mid-air on January 3 after engine glitches that was followed by "loud bang and sparks" and smoke leading to heavy vibrations of the engine.

First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:50 IST