IndiGo flight declares engine failure mid-air
This is the airline's 20th engine failure since 2018.
An IndiGo flight full of 176 people had to make an emergency landing after a mid-air engine failure on January 17.
According to ScoopWhoop, IndiGo flight 6E-6129 had to divert to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport after it declared a complete emergency mid-flight due to engine failure.
The damage was reportedly done to the third-stage blades of the engine's Low-Pressure Turbine (LPT). The damaged engine had also allegedly flown a total of 3,373 hours and was last inspected on December 9, 2019.
Though they are more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly and quiet, the New Engine Option (NEO) engines on many IndiGo planes, including this one, have proven to be prone to malfunctions. This is the airline's 20th mid-flight engine failure since 2018.
The incident comes just days after India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation gave IndiGo an extension till May 31st 2020 to replace or modify all faulty engines, including those reported in the airline's fleet of Airbus A-320 and A-321 NEO aircrafts.
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