New Delhi (Sputnik): India's aviation regulatory authority, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued a notice to IndiGo Airline Chief Operating Officer (COO) Wolfgang Prock Schauer over Pratt and Whitney engine issues. The DGGA also ordered a special safety audit over issues concerning Airbus A320 Neo aircraft, civil aviation sources confirmed to Sputnik.
Indian domestic carrier IndiGo has been facing problems with its Airbus A320 Neo aircraft which are powered by US-made Pratt and Whitney engines.
After a series of mid-air glitches last month, India's aviation regulator directed low-cost carriers IndiGo and GoAir to ground a total of 11 Airbus A320 Neo aircraft fitted with Pratt and Whitney engines. The DGCA also asked both IndiGo and GoAir not to refit the planes with spare engines.
The DGCA directive came after an IndiGo Airbus A320 Neo VT-ITA flight reported an engine failure and had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad Airport after take off.
Furthermore, the European Aviation Safety Agency on 9 February issued an emergency airworthiness directive regarding A320 Neo aircraft around the world fitted with Pratt and Whitney PW1100 engines, requesting restrictions on their use.