Bengaluru: A Pune-bound GoAir flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Bengaluru airport due to major snag in engine on mid-air, minutes after taking off from the airport on Saturday.
GoAir flight G8-283, which was going from Bengaluru to Pune, returned back at the airport after aircraft pilot found snag in the engine, a GoAir spokesperson said of the incident.
While informing about the incident further, the GoAir spokesperson said, “Flight G8-283 BLR – PNQ suffered a technical glitch. As a standard operating procedure the Captain returned back to Bengaluru. Post landing, all passengers were cared for and accommodated on alternate flights. GoAir sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers. GoAir is committed to the highest degree of safety of passengers and its own crew members and the crew operated within the established guidelines to provide for safe travel.”
Sources said that Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu has ordered a probe i
n this case. India’s aviation regulatory body Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to contact the engine-maker regarding this serious issue.
This incident is latest in the series of engine failures on Airbus A-320 neo aircraft, powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. Another engine failure on an Indigo Airbus-neo aircraft caused Lucknow bound Indigo flight from the Sardar Vallabhai Patel Airport in Ahmedabad, with 186 passengers on board, to return and make an emergency landing on March 12. Following the incident, the DGCA ordered the grounding of 11 Airbus 320 neo aircraft out of 45. Amongst the grounded neo planes, eight belonged to Indigo Airlines while three belong to the Wadia Group’s Go Air.