Leh, February 24
A GoAir flight, which was on its way to Jammu with 112 passengers and crew members on board, returned to the Leh airport shortly after take-off due to some “technical snag”.
GoAir spokesman Andrew Fernandes said that the flight developed a technical glitch after getting air borne from Leh airport and as a result had to return to the airport. “It is there at the ground at Leh airport. Engineering teams from Delhi have been dispatched to Leh with spare parts for inspecting the aircraft and carrying out requisite repairs,” he said.
Fernandes further said that alternate arrangements are being made with other airlines to ferry the passengers to their destinations. “We are also looking at other options including sending our aircraft,” he said. He informed that all the 112 passengers and crew members are safe.
If given a clearance, the flight might leave for its destination only tomorrow, official said, adding that airline was working to accommodate the passengers in other flights to ensure their departure today itself. A GoAir aircraft had earlier this month repeated glitches in oil chip detection system – as many as three in a span of two days.
There are a total 45 A320 neos in the country. Out of them, 32 are with IndiGo and 13 are with GoAir. Following a slew of engine issues, the civil aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation had last year ordered more frequent boroscopic inspections as well as grounding of aircraft on illumination of “oil chip lights”.
Earlier this month, European aviation safety regulator EASA had issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number. The European aviation watchdog’s directive came in the wake of instances of engine in-flight shut-downs and rejected take-offs involving A320 neo family planes.