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GoAir Delhi flight returns to Mumbai due to engine vibrations
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    Mumbai, Jan 10 (PTI) A Pratt & Whitney-engine powered
A320neo plane of GoAir returned to the city due to "high
engine vibrations" after an hour of its take-off for Delhi
Thursday, a source said.
    The plane, which had 168 passengers on board, made a
safe emergency landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
International Airport here at 12.15 pm, he said
    When contacted, a GoAir spokesperson said its flight
G8319 made a turn back to Mumbai due to a "technical glitch",
which was later rectified.
    The aircraft is back into operations, after being
grounded for a brief period, he said.
    "GoAir flight G8319 departed for Delhi from the Mumbai
airport at 10.17 am. However, mid-air, one of the aircraft
engines experienced high vibrations, forcing the pilot to seek
ATC's permission to return to Mumbai," the source said.
    The aircraft safely landed back at the airport here
under emergency conditions at 12.15 pm, the source added.
    "Flight G8 319 (Mumbai-Delhi) returned to Mumbai after
the take-off due to a technical glitch. Post-normal landing,
all passengers were immediately accommodated on to another
aircraft for their journey to Delhi," GoAir said in a
statement.
    There were 168 passengers on board the A320neo plane,
the spokesperson said.
    The crew operated within the established guidelines to
provide for safe travel, it said adding the (snag)
rectification work was in progress.
    Replying to a PTI query on this issue, the engine
maker said, "Pratt & Whitney is working closely with GoAir to
address the issue that occurred on the flight G8 319 operating
from MumbaiDelhi."
    In a separate statement, P&W also clarified that based
on inspections completed to date, root cause (for grounding of
GoAir planes) has not been attributed to the engines.
    "Pratt & Whitney understands that GoAir reports some
grounded A320Neo aircraft. Based on inspections completed to
date, root cause has not been attributed to the engines. We
have no safety concerns with the GTF powered fleet, including
at GoAir. We will continue to support GoAir in their
investigations," the statement said.
    Thursday's incident is the first one involving a P&W
jet engine experiencing in-flight vibrations after the
government gave a clean chit to these engines on following a
stakeholders meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.
    Significantly, clearance to the P&W engines came a day
after the US engine maker announced extending sponsorship for
an aviation event being hosted jointly by the civil aviation
and commerce ministries, industry lobby Ficci and Airports
Authority of India.
    The Twitter handle of Global Aviation Summit, which is
to be held in the city on January 15-16, had posted on January
7, "We are proud to welcome on board @prattandwhitney as the
silver sponsor for #GAvS2019. Your expertise in world-class
service operations and global presence have helped aviation
reach greater heights." PTI IAS
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