DGCA issues show-cause notice to IndiGo over P&W engines woes; orders safety audit

MUMBAI: Cracking the whip on budget carrier IndiGo over the issue of faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, aviation regulator DGCA has served show-cause notices to its chief operating officer and engineering head, sources close to the development said on Wednesday.

DGCA issues show-cause notice to IndiGo over P&W engines woes; orders safety audit

IndiGo and GoAir, which have Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320 Neo planes, have been facing problems with these engines since their induction three years ago. File photo

Mumbai, April 17

Cracking the whip on budget carrier IndiGo over the issue of faulty Pratt & Whitney engines, aviation regulator DGCA has served show-cause notices to its chief operating officer and engineering head, sources close to the development said on Wednesday.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is also carrying out a special safety audit of the carrier as it has found issues in "operations and engineering of the country's largest airline”, an official source said.

While IndiGo confirmed the receipt of show-cause notices and the safety audit, DGCA chief BS Bhullar said the regulator carries out detailed audit of all airlines at least once a year.

He, however, did not comment on the show-cause notice saying, "we conduct detailed audits of all airlines at least once a year. IndiGo's audit is this month, and another airline's is in June. Every audit involves some action".  "The DGCA has issued a show-cause notice last week to IndiGo's chief operating officer Wolfgang Prock-Schauer and engineering head SC Gupta over the Pratt & Whitney engines issues," the source said.

"The regulator is also conducting a special safety audit of the airline after coming across issues in its operations and engineering," he said.

IndiGo and GoAir, which have Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320 Neo planes, have been facing problems with these engines, manufactured by the US firm, since their induction three years ago.

"We confirm that there is currently a DGCA audit on IndiGo which is combined with the annual main base audit. We have received a limited number of show cause notices," IndiGo said in a statement to PTI.

The airline also said it has responded accordingly and it can only comment on this matter after it has discussions with the regulator on the matter but refused to comment on the reasons for the audit.

"We can confirm that our operations are run in more stringent ways as prescribed by regulatory framework. As this is an ongoing audit we can only comment after the process is over," the airline added. PTI

 

 

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