Bangalore-bound AI A320 neo returns safely after engine snag

NEW DELHI: A Bengaluru-bound Airbus A320 (neo) of Air India returned safely to Mumbai on Thursday after one of the CFM engines stalled. Since twin engine planes can land safely on one engine, this one did so at the origin station, Mumbai.

“The aircraft (VT-EXM) operating as AI-639 was involved in an air turn back after engine number 2 had an inflight shutdown (IFSD) due to engine stall and some other snags,” said a person in the know. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this snag.

An AI spokesperson said: “AI accords top priority to safety and our crew are well adept at handling these situations. Our engineering and maintenance teams are looking into the issue. Meanwhile, the scheduled flight had left with passengers to Bengaluru after a change of aircraft.”

“In last two months, there have been one Pratt & Whitney and three CFM engine snags. They all had different issues and were commanded shutdown. It is being investigated closely in consultation with the original equipment manufacturers (PW & CFM),” said senior DGCA officials investigating these snags.

Industry insiders point out this is the fifth CFM engine snag in last six months. On December 10, 2021, a SpiceJet MAX suffered this snag. Then on April 7, 2022, an AI A320 and a SpiceJet B737; May 5 a SpiceJet MAX and May 19 an AI A320 neo.