Neo engine row: HC tells DGCA to apply mind before giving clearance

MUMBAI: Bombay high court on Monday told the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to “apply its mind” before certifying the airworthiness of grounded Airbus A320 Neos whose engines have been replaced.
“DGCA should apply its mind irrespective of foreign certification to check if the aircraft are airworthy. That is our concern,” said a division bench of justices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulkarni. “The certification should be given only after a thorough check up. You are not bound by any international certification. You should decide the airworthiness depending on the Indian conditions including the climate,” the bench told the DGCA.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by businessman Harish Agarwal that had sought the grounding of all engines powering Airbus A320 Neo aircraft. In February, the European Air Safety Authority (EASA) had raised red flags about the A320 neo engines. Since March 12, the DGCA had ordered the grounding of around 14 A320…

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