New Delhi: Following a sharp rise in snags on Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines powering the Airbus A320 Neo, the government has finally decided to review this safety concern next week. Aviation secretary R N Choubey told TOI the “(aviation) ministry has taken serious note and we will review it on Tuesday.”
This decision came after yet another serious incident involving the perennially snag-prone PW engines of Airbus A320 Neo. An IndiGo A320 new engine option (Neo) operating from Chennai to Kolkata Thursday (January 3) experienced trouble in one of the engines. According to sources, one of the two PW engines of the Neo (VT-ITR) emitted a bang sound followed by sparks, smoke and vibration in the engine. Since twin-engine aircraft can land on one engine, this flight with 136 passengers on board, also did so safely by returning to Chennai.
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) has sent a team to Chennai to examine the engine to do a preliminary analysis. PW comments were sought on the latest snag and awaited till the time of filing this report.
An IndiGo spokesperson said the flight “6E 923 (Neo) operating Chennai-Kolkata route on January 3, 2019, returned to Chennai after take off due to a technical caution noted by the crew. The crew followed the normal operating procedures and asked for a priority landing. There was no engine shutdown and no emergency landing was declared.”
05/01/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India