On Monday The Indian civil aviation regulator DGCA, ordered IndiGo not to use A320 Neo planes fitted with Pratt and Whitney engines or face the grounding of aircraft.
In October, Indigo had reported three in-flight engine shutdowns on the A320 (Neo) fitted with PW engines.
All 16 aircrafts have to be fitted with at least one modified LPT engine within next 15 days, said the official. “Failing of which, all these aircraft shall be grounded. This has been done after studying the pattern and evaluating the risk,” the DGCA official said.
a DGCA team visited Indigo premises on October 28 to review the maintenance and safety data.
“A meeting was chaired by DGCA later in the day with senior Indigo team members including COO, safety and maintenance heads. Subsequent to the discussions, Indigo has been instructed to ensure that no such Neo aircraft should be operated which has two Pratt and Whitney 1100 series engine of more than 3000 hour’s engine life each. Indigo has been given a fortnight to comply with the instructions,” an official said.