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DGCA grounding planes with faulty P&W engines 'unilateral decision': EASA

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator DGCA's move to ground neo with a particular series of engines was a "unilateral decision", European Safety Agency (EASA) said today.

Days after the Indian watchdog grounded 11 neo for faulty P&W engines, the also clarified that such a decision is not deemed necessary by it for the time being.

It was that first issued an emergency airworthiness directive following in-flight shut down in neo fleet worldwide fitted with PW1100 engines (from serial number 450 and beyond) on February 9.

Soon after, the DGCA grounded three A320 neos fitted with both the affected engines and earlier this week, grounded 11 more such fitted with at least one such defective

"The grounding of the and A320 neo with one PW1100 is a unilateral decision from DGCA India. has not been involved in this decision," EASA said in an e-mailed statement to PTI.

Noting that it is following closely the situation of the P&W issues on the A320 neo with Airbus, the agency said, "such a decision (grounding the affected fleet) is not deemed necessary by EASA for the time being".

On March 12, the DGCA said A320 neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect as it cited safety of operations.

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

Also, DGCA had said it would be in touch with stakeholders and review the situation in due course and when the issue is addressed by EASA and P&W.

There are 45 A320 neos, powered by P&W engines, in the country. Out of them, 32 are with and 13 are with

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 18:25 IST