Down And Out
THE WEEK|February 03, 2019
Down And Out

Government orders stringent security protocols for A320neo, causing problems for budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir

K. Sunil Thomas

JUST THREE DAYS into 2019, 136 passengers aboard IndiGo’s evening flight from Chennai to Kolkata had the scare of their lives. Shortly after takeoff, one of the engines flamed out, spewing sparks and smoke. As the spluttering engine’s vibrations shook the aircraft violently, panic spread through the cabin. The pilot had no other option but to fly the twin-engine Airbus A320neo back to Chennai.

Airbus A320neo aircraft, which uses Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines, have been in the news for the past few months for technical troubles. The Chennai incident stood out as it was the first instance involving multiple issues—smoke, sparks, heavy vibrations, a loud bang and a stalled engine.

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February 03, 2019