IndiGo grounds 47 domestic flights due to faulty engines

Mumbai: Today, IndiGo has cancelled 47 domestic flights after the country's aviation regulator DGCA grounded its eight A320Neo planes with faulty Pratt & Whitney engines. GoAir has also cancelled their three such aircraft after this. 

IndiGo airline announced this on their website.

The flights which are been cancelled are from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Patna, Srinagar, Bhubaneswar, Amritsar, Srinagar and Guwahati, among others.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) took this action when the IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned back to Ahmedabad, due to a mid-air engine failure within 40 minutes, on Monday.

Citing safety of aircraft operations, the Director of the DGCA, on March 12 ordered to immediate ground the flights with A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450.

Three other IndiGo A320Neo planes have been on the ground since February following similar engine problems.

IndiGo operates about 1,000 flights on the daily basis. On Monday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country because the flights were been cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir.

IndiGo carries about 40% of domestic flyers, while GoAir has a market share of around 10%.

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