Suresh Prabhu seeks DGCA report on A320 neo grounding

Suresh Prabhu seeks DGCA report on A320 neo grounding

Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu. PTI

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday asked the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to submit a report on the grounding of A320neo aircraft, saying security of fliers is of paramount importance.

At present, seven A320neo aircraft of IndiGo and two of GoAir are grounded. India has 60 A320neos with P&W engines— 41 with Indigo and 19 with GoAir.

Officials said Prabhu directed the DGCA to submit a detailed report as early as possible.

In an initial report, the DGCA has said that the groundings of these aircraft are due to combustor distress found during routine scheduled boroscope inspection.

"These are all Block B combustors. As and when combustor distress is found beyond laid down limits, aircraft is removed from service for engine replacement. A320neos inducted after March 2018 are coming with P&W engines fitted with Block C combustors which has better life. Engines coming from shop are also fitted with Block C combustors," it said.

The initial report said the manufacturer have taken measures to address significant problems of engines. These measures have significantly reduced the engine problems.

"There are no safety concerns as such distress is found during routine scheduled boroscope inspections of these engines," it said.

"In case of A320neo engine issue, manufacturer has introduced modifications. Further, DGCA introduced additional measures for inspection of combustion chamber at reduced interval compared to manufacturer guidelines for boroscopic inspection of combustion chambers and removing engines as a preventive measures. These engines are being continuously monitored and safety issues are addressed adequately," it added.

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