India's aviation regulator to issue Pratt & Whitney safety directives

Some of the A320 neo planes by IndiGo have developed technical snags multiple times in the recent past, leading to emergency landings
India's aviation regulator to issue Pratt & Whitney safety directives
India’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation is expected to issue additional safety directives next week regarding the faulty Pratt & Whitney (P&W) geared turbofan engine-fitted Airbus A320 neo planes.
By James Mathew
Wed 09 Jan 2019 12:25 PM

India’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation is expected to issue additional safety directives next week regarding the faulty Pratt & Whitney (P&W) geared turbofan engine-fitted Airbus A320 neo planes.

The regulator, however, does not intend to order the grounding of these snag-prone planes, currently operated by Indian private carriers IndiGo and Go Air, among several other airlines globally.

Some of the A320 neo planes by IndiGo have developed technical snags multiple times in the recent past, leading to emergency landings.

The regulator, which convened a meeting on Tuesday evening with representatives of engine and aircraft manufacturers and the respective airlines, is awaiting for further information from the two carriers, P&W and the US Federal Aviation Authority, on the corrective actions being taken on the gear box related problem of these aircraft engines before issuing the directives, official sources said.

Measures such as grounding of existing A320 neo planes and halting the induction of these aircrafts are not needed as of now, civil aviation secretary R N Choubey said.

P&W has taken corrective action on four of the technical issues and is working on resolving the fifth issue related to the gear box, he added.

Representatives of Pratt & Whitney and Airbus Industries and state-owned airport operator Airport Authority of India (AAI) were present at the meeting held on Tuesday.

Both P&W and Airbus Industries representatives made detailed presentations to the aviation regulator, listing specific trouble points related to the engines and the corrective actions taken to rectify them.

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