Last month a Mumbai-based businessman had filed a public interest litigation in Bombay High Court praying that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) not permit GoAir and IndiGo to fly some of their aircraft.
Harish Agrawal had petitioned the court saying that the airlines should not fly their A320 Neo planes that are fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines.
On March 12 DGCA, the Indian aviation regulator, grounded 11 A320 Neo aircraft -- eight belong to IndiGo, three to GoAir. There have been a number of reports of P&W engines malfunctioning.
The petition prayed that both the airlines should remove the A320 Neo P&W engines from their aircrafts with immediate effect till the actual snags in them are identified and rectified and a fresh certificate of airworthiness is issued by the DGCA.
The petition had come up for hearing on Friday and notices to DGCA and both the airlines were issued by the Bombay High Court.
"There have been a number of media reports of in-flight shut downs and aborted take-offs. I travel regularly and was wondering why no agency was doing anything," Agrawal said.
In his PIL, Agrawal had stated that IndiGo and GoAir together are operating a total of about 45 A320neo aircraft and have further ordered another 504.
Agrawal has attached a European Aviation Safety Agency emergency airworthiness directive for the A320 Neo together with news reports with his petition.
While researching Agrawal found that in March 2017 DGCA had asked Pratt & Whitney to fix the snags in its engines.
The petitioner has charged DGCA had all long ignored the safety nor did it investigate the regular engine snags.
DGCA and the airlines will be filing their replies to the petition soon and the case will be heard by the Bombay High Court on March 16.
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