Last updated: 16. 1. 2020 23:58 CET
IndiGo flight 6E6129 from Pune to Jaipur diverted to Mumbai. The aircraft (Airbus A320-271N) experienced engine issue on January 16th 2020.
IndiGo said all passengers were accommodated on another aircraft which further operated to Jaipur.
“An IndiGo flight 6E-6129 (A320) operating from Pune to Jaipur was diverted to Mumbai this morning. During the flight, the pilot observed an engine vibration message and followed the laid standard operating procedures. The flight landed at Mumbai. The aircraft is currently under inspection at Mumbai,” said IndiGo spokesperson in the statement.
We have detected 21 diversions of IndiGo’s aircrafts in 2019 (please see our database). Most of the diversions seem to be somehow related to A320 Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines. It’s worth noting that the same aircraft which was forced to divert to Mumbai today experienced engine issue year ago. The Airbus A320-271N, registration VT-ITW, suffered mid-air engine malfunction on January 3, 2019. The incident involving P&W engine happened when the aircraft was flying from Chennai to Kolkata. The plane returned safely to Chennai.
Following P&W engine incidents the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last year directed the low-cost carrier to replace A320neo aircrafts’ P&W engines, which have operated more than 3,000 hours. The DGCA also directed IndiGo that all of its current 97 Airbus A320 Neo family of planes must have both modified engines by the end of January 2020. The DGCA has recently extended the January 2020 deadline for having only modified P&W engines on all its A320neo fleet to May 31 2020.