IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines

Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo on Wednesday grounded five A320 neo aircraft due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines, according to sources.

Without specifying the number of planes, an IndiGo spokesperson confirmed that "a few A320 neos have been taken out of service pro-actively and await spare engines from Pratt & Whitney".

 IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines

File image of an IndoGo plane. Reuters

Since the induction of A320 neo planes powered by P&W engines in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing engine issues and has grounded some of these aircraft on earlier occasions also.

The problems varied from mid-air engine shutdowns to oil chip detection.

"IndiGo has grounded five of its A320neo aircraft due to P&W issues. These aircraft are currently grounded at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport," a source said.

Another source said the five aircraft were grounded on Wednesday. "The release of additional spare engines has been initiated by P&W so that all aircraft are expected to be back in service in the second half of August," the spokesperson said in a statement.

However, the spokesperson did not mention whether flight services have been disrupted due to the grounding of five planes.

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Updated Date: Jul 25, 2018 16:14:50 IST