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DGCA orders safety audit of IndiGo as A320 Neo woes rise

IANS  |  New Delhi 

India's civil regulator is conducting an audit of private carrier IndiGo, due to recurring glitches and non-reporting of incidents with its Neo fleet.

The of Civil (DGCA) has ordered a special of after several lapses of non-reporting and irregular reporting of Neo incidents came to light.

The last such lapse was reported by IANS on April 12, when IndiGo's Delhi-flight had to perform a mid-air "turn back" manoeuvre on April 10.

That time, sources had told IANS that the manoeuvre was performed after excessive vibration was noticed from aircraft's engine number two.

However, an official said the aircraft suffered a bird hit en route from to

Sources said the has also sent show-cause notices to IndiGo's

"Currently, airworthiness and air safety teams of the are conducting complete review of engineering and maintenance processes," a source told IANS.

The three-day audit started on Monday.

Later in a statement, said: "We do detailed audit of all airlines at least once in a year. IndiGo's is this month. Every audit involves some actions."

The DGCA further said that "in such audits, current safety issues remain quite a focus."

On its part, confirmed that an ongoing DGCA audit is being conducted combined with the

"IndiGo has received a limited number of show-cause notices. IndiGo has responded accordingly and we can only comment on this matter after we have a discussion with the DGCA," the said in a statement.

More than 18 cases of midair engine failures or problems have been reported in the operated by IndiGo and since January, industry sources said.

Excessive vibration resulting in midair "turn backs' has emerged as the most common and serious safety issue with the P&W engine-powered



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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 18:52 IST