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GoAir Delhi flight returns to Mumbai due to engine vibrations

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A Pratt & Whitney-engine powered A320neo plane of returned to the city due to "high engine vibrations" after an hour of its take-off for Thursday, a source said.

The plane, which had 168 passengers on board, made a safe emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here at 12.15 pm, he said

When contacted, a said its flight G8319 made a turn back to due to a "technical glitch", which was later rectified.

The is back into operations, after being grounded for a brief period, he said.

"flight G8319 departed for from the airport at 10.17 am. However, mid-air, one of the engines experienced high vibrations, forcing the pilot to seek ATC's permission to return to Mumbai," the source said.

The safely landed back at the airport here under emergency conditions at 12.15 pm, the source added.

"Flight 319 (Mumbai-Delhi) returned to after the take-off due to a technical glitch. Post-normal landing, all passengers were immediately accommodated on to another aircraft for their journey to Delhi," GoAir said in a statement.

There were 168 passengers on board the A320neo plane, the said.

The crew operated within the established guidelines to provide for safe travel, it said adding the (snag) rectification work was in progress.

Replying to a PTI query on this issue, the engine maker said, "is working closely with GoAir to address the issue that occurred on the flight 319 operating from MumbaiDelhi."

In a separate statement, P&W also clarified that based on inspections completed to date, root cause (for grounding of GoAir planes) has not been attributed to the engines.

"understands that GoAir reports some grounded A320Neo aircraft. Based on inspections completed to date, root cause has not been attributed to the engines. We have no safety concerns with the GTF powered fleet, including at GoAir. We will continue to support GoAir in their investigations," the statement said.

Thursday's incident is the first one involving a P&W jet engine experiencing in-flight vibrations after the government gave a clean chit to these engines following a stakeholders' meeting in New on Tuesday.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 23:15 IST