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DGCA India grounds 11 Airbus A320neo aircraft over PW1000G engine issues
17 March 2018

Following a series of technical issues with Airbus’ A320 neo aircraft in India, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) ordered the grounding of 11 of the aircraft on March 13, 2018.

On February 9, 2018, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)  issued an Emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD 2018-0041-E) with an operational limitation on certain Airbus A320neo and A321 neo aircraft fitted with PW1000G engines. This action was taken following several occurrences of engine in-flight shut-down (IFSD) and Rejected Take-Off (RTO). The affected engines more susceptible to IFSD, have high pressure compressor aft hub modification embodied from ESN P770450.
EASA among others ordered not to operate an aeroplane having two affected engines installed.

Following three recent A320neo IFSD incidents in India, DGCA decided to take the EASA AD a step further by grounding all aircraft with affected engines as of March 13. Out of the 11 aircraft that have been grounded, 8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir.

On top of the DGCA decision, a public interest litigation was filed at the Bombay High Court to ground all PW1000G-powered A320neo’s, not just the ones with the affected engines. This was dismissed by the High Court on March 17, but it did direct the DGCA to ascertain whether all the A320neo’s operational in India, are safe for flight operations.

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