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PW engine issue: DGCA to issue additional advisory soon

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

India's watchdog of Civil (DGCA) is likely to issue an additional advisory soon for planes fitted with engines, said a source privy to the development.

At a three-hour meeting on Tuesday, the Civil Ministry reviewed the frequent on-ground and mid-air glitches that the P&W engines, powering these planes, have been facing since their induction in early 2016.

"In order to deal with issues related to P&W engines, the DGCA will issue an additional advisory in the coming one week," the source said.

The decision to issue the additional advisory comes a day after the US announced sponsorship for one of the ministry's events in on January 15 and 16.

The twitter handle of had posted on Monday: "We are proud to welcome on board @prattandwhitney as the silver sponsor for #GAvS2019. Your expertise in world-class service operations and global presence have helped aviation reach greater heights."

The DGCA had issued an advisory in November last year to deal with this issue. However, the PW engines continue to face glitches.

The recurring glitches on the Pratt & Whitney-powered planes have forced the Wadia group-run budget carrier to ground as many as seven

has 49 planes in the fleet and 30 of them are

P&W engine woes had forced both and the larger rival (which operates 57 of such planes) to ground some of the on earlier occasions also.

During February and March last year, 14 planes -- 11 of and three of GoAir - were grounded by the aviation regulator DGCA following a series of mid-air engine shutdowns.

Apart from these two carriers, and Vistara also operate A320 Neos but they are powered by CFM engines.

Despite repeated glitches forcing Airbus and P&W to compensate the operators for each grounding, neither the nor the has been able to provide any so far.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 23:55 IST