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DGCA grounds 11 A320 neo planes on Pratt & Whitney engine woes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator DGCA today grounded 11 neo powered by a certain series of engines following instances of engine failures during flights.

Of these, 8 are operated by and 3 by

The decision comes hours after an neo of suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at

Citing safety of operations, the DGCA said, neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

"Both and have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory," the of Civil (DGCA) said in a release.

The regulator would be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course and when the issue is addressed by European regulator EASA and P&W, it added.

Earlier in the day, Civil Secretary R N Choubey had said that an appropriate decision would be taken today.

On February 9, EASA had issued an emergency for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.

The directive followed instances of the engines shut-down during flights and rejected take-offs involving the A320 neo family aircraft.

On February 13, DGCA had said that it was monitoring engine glitches to ensure that safety is not compromised at any time.

On February 21, P&W said it has come out with a revised configuration to address the latest problem in some of its engines powering A320 neo planes.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 17:10 IST