NEW DELHI: The aviation regulator has suspended the licence of a GoAir aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) for alleged lapses which led to the engine fire seen by eyewitnesses on ground and some passengers on a Bangalore-bound flight at Delhi on Wednesday night. A preliminary probe by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revealed that two AMEs' negligence caused the engine trouble soon after the GoAir plane took off from Delhi to Bangalore with 193 people on board. GoAir, on its part, denied any negligence and said it followed the drill as prescribed by the engine manufacturer.
"The Airbus A-320 new engine option (Neo) with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines was doing its first flight of the day on Wednesday morning from Mumbai to Delhi. An hour into the flight, the cockpit got warning of low oil pressure in one engine. This was followed by a second alert for the same engine in the form of a 'chip warning'," said a senior DGCA official.
The plane landed in Delhi safely. "After an engine gets a chip warning, the AME should have examined the same in the engine once it had landed. The condition of the part for which the second warning had come was such that the plane needed to be grounded. But the GoAir allowed the aircraft to operate under 'minimum equipment list' (MEL) for 10 hours," said the official.