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DGCA grounds 11 A320 Neo planes; passengers nationwide get affected

DGCA decision was forced by a mid-air engine failure of an IndiGo plane

In yet another major setback to local aviation industry, passengers across the nation were left stranded as across the country on Monday.

This is because dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir following regulator DGCA deciding to ground 11 A320 Neo planes powered by Pratt & Whitney engines.

The DGCA decision was forced by a mid-air engine failure of an IndiGo plane earlier in the day in Ahmedabad.

Even as the airlines did not provide details of the cancellations or the number of passengers stranded, they have assured that they are doing all that they can to minimize the impact.

Earlier in the day it was the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which said that A320 Neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect.

Of the 14 A320 neo aircraft fitted with the specific series of engines, 11 are operated by IndiGo and three by GoAir.

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