PIL in HC to ground all A320 Neos with faulty motors

NEW DELHI: A PIL was moved to the Delhi High Court in search of grounding all defects, used by and, until their engines are repaired or replaced.

The petition has argued that the entire A320 Neo aircraft fleet should be based on increased public safety interest.

The allegation, of an association, alleges that despite being aware of important technical problems with Airbus A320 Neo, neither the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) nor the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have taken concrete measures to land these aircraft .

Instead, MCA and DGCA have only issued notices that extend the deadlines for carrying out repairs or modifications of the engine by the airlines involved, he said.

It is claimed that respondents 1 (MCA) and 2 (DGCA) have repeatedly extended the deadlines for installing modified versions of the Pratt and Whitney engines, rather than grounding the entire A320 Neo aircraft fleet, the petition says.

He has also claimed that despite repeated incidents of engine failures or problems in the air in these aircraft, the aviation regulator has not yet grounded the aircraft, which amounts to more than 130 in India.

The petitioner, a nonprofit organization based in Chennai, has attempted to cancel the notices that have extended the deadline for repair or modification of the engine until May 31.

It has also sought the grounding of the entire fleet of A320 Neo aircraft with defective engines.

In addition to that, he has sought directions for the ministry and the aviation regulator to frame regulations to avoid situations of aircraft with defective engines flying in the skies and to impose sanctions on wandering airlines.