IndiGo flight grounded before departure at Pune airport due to engine snag
The glitch-hit IndiGo plane was scheduled to fly to Delhi from Pune
Another IndiGo Airbus A320 Neo aircraft with Pratt& Whitney engine was grounded on Sunday at the Pune airport prior to its departure for New Delhi due to the oil chip detection in one of its engines, a source said.
IndiGo, later, operated the flight with another aircraft but in the process it was delayed by more than four hours, according to the source.
When contacted, IndiGo refused to comment on the incident, which came close on the heels of another incident involving its aircraft last week, in which passengers had a close shave after one of the engines of a A320 Neo plane failed midair.
After the airline operated its Nagpur-Pune flight, IndiGo was forced to ground the A320 Neo plane due to the oil chip detection in engine-2 of the plane, the source said.
The glitch-hit IndiGo plane was scheduled to fly to Delhi from Pune.
As the aircraft was not airworthy due to the engine failure, the airline arranged another plane later, an A320, to fly the passengers to their destination, the source added.
IndiGo Airlines has grounded three A320 neo aircraft due to engine problems, according to a senior official at aviation regulator DGCA.The grounded aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines and the move follows a directive from European aviation safety regulator EASA.