Indigo, Go Air can use grounded planes after changing engines: Jayant Sinha

Randall Padilla
March 13, 2018

The DGCA also grounded such aircraft of another domestic carrier GoAir.

It added that the "aircraft on ground situation" may take until Q2 to be resolved. Of the 11 newly grounded Indian aircraft, as many as five may be able to recommence flying by swapping engines between affected planes.

The move immediately grounded eight aircraft at IndiGo, the nation's largest carrier, and three at GoAirlines India Pvt.

Few from the A-320 Neos in IndiGo and GoAir have these engines, but the others that have been equipped with a different engine from the series can continue to fly because no faults have been discovered in them yet.

"We do not consider these engines safe", Sinha said in the context of the aviation sector regulator's directive to ground 11 Airbus A320 Neo aircraft yesterday.

India has grounded all Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY -1%) A320neo powered by the latest Pratt & Whitney (UTX -1.1%) engines after a series of in-flight shutdowns.

IndiGo Airlines also said that they have been making necessary arrangements so that passengers are not inconvenienced due to the changes. Indigo's boroscopic tests (which are used to test defects or imperfections in aircraft engines and gas turbines) detected these anomalies in 69 instances, Business Today reported.

The grounding follows the emergency landing of an IndiGo A320neo in in Ahmedabad on a service from Lucknow on 12 March. The flight crew carried out actions as per SOP and landed back at Ahmedabad following precautionary measures.

"At GoAir, the safety and security of passengers and crew is always accorded high priority and never compromised under any circumstance", the statement said. As many as seven departures were delayed. "The schedule and network are being reworked to accommodate the flights, which are to be operated by these planes", an airline official said.

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