The call by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ground specific A320 neo aircrafts that had faulty engines was for the safety of air passengers.
This was the assertion of Civil Aviation Minister, Suresh Prabhu, who said the decision was “only for passenger safety.” He also said that he was hoping that the flights would be restored soon.
The move by the DGCA caused flight cancellations for IndiGo and GoAir as the two companies grounded its A320 neo aircrafts after the directive.
With the situation in mind, Prabhu remarked that the crucial decision was well within DGCA’s scope of responsibility especially when it came to passengers’ safety.
“This is only for passenger safety and airlines have also responded positively. They would like to restore the flights as soon as possible by making alternative arrangements. But we cannot play with any issue related to safety and safety is paramount,” Prabhu said.
The DGCA grounded 11 A320 neo planes powered with a series of Pratt & Whitney engines after three incidents of mid-air engine failures in a span of less than a month.
A total of 14 A320 neo aircraft built with a specific series of engines – 11 operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir – have now been grounded. Three IndiGo planes were also kept from flying just last month.