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DGCA orders grounding of 8 IndiGo, 3 GoAir aircraft over engine issues

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Citing safety concerns, the industry regulator on Monday directed public carriers and to ground a total of 11 fitted with engines.

Out ot the 11, eight are operated by while operates three, the of Civil (DGCA) said in a statement here.

With this, all the with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in

DGCA said: "Both and have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory."

The directive came immediately after an VT-ITA flight reported engine failure and had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad following take off from the same airport on Monday.

Previously, the DGCA had ordered grounding of 3 units of IndiGo's A320neo fleet after the European Safety Agency (EASA) had on February 9, 2018, issued regarding A320neo fleet the world over fitted with PW1100 engines (with serial number of 450 and beyond).

As per the directive, EASA has imposed restrictions "on grounding of aeroplanes having two affected engines within three flight cycles", the agency said in statement on Monday.

The agency also restricted the use of aeroplanes having at least one affected engine for "extended operations".

Clarifying its position, in a statement said: "We are working closely with our customers to minimize disruption. The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration."

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:30 IST
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