DGCA grounds 11 Airbus aircraft over IndiGo's mid-air engine failure

The move immediately grounded eight aircraft at IndiGo India’s largest carrier and three at GoAirlines

Eleven aircraft operated by Indian carriers IndiGo and GoAir are affected by the directive from India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), it said.

The DGCA adds that that two similar cases occurred recently, with a Jammu-bound GoAir A320neo returning to Leh on 24 February and a Kolkata-bound IndiGo A320neo returning to Mumbai on 5 March.

The stock of InterGlobe Aviation was seen under pressure on Tuesday following news that the airline regulatory has asked the company to ground its A320neo fleet of aircraft. Apart from IndiGo, three GoAir aircraft have also been grounded by the DGCA's ruling.

Meanwhile, Vistara said the move by the aviation regulator has had no impact on its operations as its A320 Neos are fitted with a different engine.

Confirming the development, Bhubaneswar Airport Director Suresh Chandra Hota said "Only one IndiGo flight-No 701 has been grounded in Bhubaneswar".

Of the 14 A320 neo aircraft fitted with the specific series of engines, 11 are operated by IndiGo and three by GoAir, have now been grounded. These aircraft feature a certain series of the of Pratt & Whitney engines, which have been having technical issues for a while now.

Indigo is India's largest passenger airline, with a market share of 39.4 percent as of November 2017, and is also one of the largest operators of the A320neo variant. After the replacement, the defective engine is sent to the manufacturer and the planes continue to operate with the replaced engines, the report added. An airport official said the aircraft made the emergency landing at around 2200 hours.

"We must give the highest priority to safety".

The cancellation of flights has hit air travellers as hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country. However, said the airline, all affected passengers have been accommodated on alternative flights.

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