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Aviation watchdog pulls up P&W for IndiGo engine failure incident, ET Infra


Following engine failure incidents with IndiGo aircraft, Indian aviation regulator DGCA has asked Pratt & Whitney (P&W) to issue a service bulletin in next 60 days with the fleet management action plan.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has demanded an urgent intervention regarding the Indigo incident from P&W and also advised it to identify the probable cause of HPT blade damage.

In July, US-based P&W said it has found that a rare condition in powdered metal used to manufacture certain engine parts may reduce the life of those parts.

P&W had said the material anomalies would impact around 1,002 PW1100G engines worldwide.

IndiGo had earlier said it is working closely with the engine maker to assess and minimise any impact on its fleet. The airline’s 11 engines were impacted.

IndiGo is the largest customer of the A320 planes and the aircraft are powered by P&W engines. Grounded carrier Go First’s A320 neo fleet are also having P&W engines.

P&W is already grappling with supply chain issues and some of the aircraft of IndiGo are already grounded due to engine issues.

IndiGo and Go First have been facing issues with their P&W engines, which had also resulted in aviation regulator grounding some of the aircraft in the past.

Cash-strapped Go First, which stopped flying on May 3, had blamed P&W engine problems as the main reason for seeking voluntary insolvency resolution process. The dispute between the grounded carrier and the engine maker is going on.

  • Published On Sep 14, 2023 at 05:38 PM IST

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