NEW DELHI: In more Pratt & Whitney (PW) trouble, a Go Air Airbus A320 Neo reportedly had an engine failure while flying from Patna to Delhi on Thursday. Since twin engine planes can land safely on one engine, this A320 new engine option did so at the nearest airport that happened to be Lucknow.
“The aircraft while flying as G8 150 had an engine failure around 7 pm on Thursday. The pilots issued PAN-PAN call, an international standard urgency signal. The pilots descended to a lower altitude and diverted to Lucknow,” said a source.
The aircraft is now grounded in Lucknow. Teams from Go Air, PW and aviation authorities have been sent there. “The flight data recorded has been taken out to use information from it in the probe. The engine that failed mid-air was found to have suffered unusual heating and oil loss,” said the source.
A Go Air spokesperson said: “Go Air flight G8 150 Patna to Delhi developed a technical snag on PW1100G-JM engine. The Pilot Initiated an engine shut down. As per the requirements, Pilot diverted the flight to the nearest airport in Lucknow and had a normal landing. The technical snag is under investigation. Go Air is committed to provide secure, safe and efficient transportation at all times with attention to essential details.”
PW said in a statement: “The Go Air A320neo aircraft diverted to Lucknow (on Thursday) is powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines. We are working with our customer to help minimize any disruptions to their operations. The PW1100G-JM powers a fleet of more than 300 A320neo aircraft worldwide, which have achieved more than 1.5 million engine flight hours of operation.”
PW engines of the A320 Neo have been plagued with snags for over two years now. Due to this, aviation regulators both abroad and in India have from time to time issued advisories for it. The Indian DGCA, currently, does not allow PW-powered A320 Neo’s to fly to Port Blair.
The DGCA has also asked Indigo and Go Air, the two Indian carriers that use PW-powered A320 Neo’s, to “create awareness among cabin and cockpit crew (pilots) about o dour/burning smell/smoke (even if slightest) during approach phase and positive reporting to cockpit crew for necessary action…. Log all the cases detecting odours/ smoke in cabin during operation for necessary investigation and rectification. In all o dour/smoke cases, engine to be inspected in detail and to be used only after rectification of defect.”