An Air Arabia flight heading from Chittagong in Bangladesh to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was diverted to Ahmedabad on Monday, June 6 as one of the aircraft engines failed mid-air, senior officials of Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.
The DGCA has launched a probe in the matter, the officials said on Tuesday, June 7. The aircraft “experienced No.1 Engine Stall and Engine Fail ECAM warnings came on”, the official added.
The flight, 3L-062, had taken off from Abu Dhabi late on June 6 and was scheduled to reach Chittagong in Bangladesh. However, the air crew declared a Mayday after the flight developed an engine snag on Airbus A320 (A6-AOT).
The flight landed at the Ahmedabad airport at approximately 9:25 PM on Monday, June 6 after one of the engines “stalled” mid-air and the engine failure warning came on, they added.
Due to the warning sign, the crew had to make a “mayday” call and the aircraft was allowed to conduct an emergency landing at the airport, the officials noted. None of the passengers or crew members was injured and the aircraft landed safely.
A DGCA team from its Mumbai regional office, in consultation with the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB), has been sent to Ahmedabad to conduct the probe, the officials added.
According to the aviation website Skybrary, ECAM is the “Airbus version of an enhanced engine indicating and crew alerting system (EICAS) system. It presents data on the engine/warning display and system display inclusive of primary engine indications, fuel quantity, flap and slat position.”
In the past few months, there has been a spurt in aircraft engine snags. The DGCA is investigating these snags faced by Indian carriers closely with the original equipment manufacturers. And now a foreign airline’s engine snag also joins its probe list.
“In the last three months, there have been one Pratt & Whitney and three CFM engine snags. They all had different issues and were commanded to shut down. It is being investigated closely in consultation with the original equipment manufacturers (PW & CFM),” a senior DGCA official investigating the engine snags faced by Indian carriers said. Industry insiders point out five CFM engine snags in the last 6 months.