Union minister Jayant Sinha today said safety of passengers was paramount for the government and aircraft with Pratt & Whitney engines could be used only after they were considered safe post technical analysis.
We have to give paramount priority to safety. There are 43 such engines in the worldwide, out of which 19 are currently in India, used by IndiGo and GoAir.
"We don't consider these engine safe as of now and the technical analysis is underway. They could be used only when we consider them safe, Sinha told news channels.
Citing safety of aircraft operations, the Director of the DGCA, in the March 12 order, said that A320Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.
Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.
Yesterday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by the IndiGo and GoAir due to the grounding of the 11 A320 Neo planes of the two carriers.
(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)