An Airbus A320neo aircraft, equipped with Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM engines, was forced to return to Delhi on Friday after high vibrations were experienced on the engines. The flight, operated by budget carrier GoAir, was on its way to Hyderabad and departed Delhi airport at 7.30am on Friday and returned back after being airborne for approximately 42 minutes.
According to sources, high vibrations in engines is a new problem that is affecting Pratt & Whitney’s PW1100G-JM turbofan engines, and according to a senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the manufacturer has taken cognisance of the issue. Last week, a Pratt & Whitney engine-powered A320neo plane of GoAir was forced to return to Delhi after departing for Male due to a “component” issue. Earlier this month, an IndiGo flight operated on the A320neo also witnessed an engine failure on Ahmedabad-Bengaluru route.
The GoAir flight to Hyderabad on Friday saw the aircraft attain an altitude of 18,000 feet before it started its journey back to Delhi, as per information sourced from flight tracking website Flightradar24. “GoAir Flight G8 423 from Delhi – Hyderabad after being airborne returned back to Delhi due to a suspected technical glitch. After normal landing, the passengers were accommodated in another aircraft through ramp to ramp transfer. Post inspection and investigation, the aircraft has been declared serviceable and operational. GoAir is committed to the highest standards of safety of passengers and its own crew members and the crew operated within the established guidelines to provide for safe travel,” a GoAir spokesperson said. The aircraft was carrying around 100 people. Following the incident, the aircraft in question – VT-WGH – flew from Delhi to Bengaluru on Friday evening. However, it could not be ascertained whether the engines of the A320neo were replaced.