IndiGo A320 rejected takeoff at Mumbai Airport due to Engine Failure.

IndiGo A320-271N NEO

An A320 Neo Aircraft registered VT-ITF of IndiGo Airlines suffered an engine failure on its takeoff roll at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport on Saturday. The Flight 6E 248 was scheduled to depart to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 08.35 p.m., The Aircraft was on a take off roll on Runway 27 at CSIA when the pilot rejected the takeoff after the bang heard from the right hand engine of brand new aircraft. The aircraft vacated the runway about 1000 meters/3300 feet down the runway.

The Aircraft registered VT-ITF was delivered to IndiGo on 29 April, 2016 marking 8 months of operation with IndiGo, It was the fourth NEO aircraft delivered to IndiGo by the European Aircraft Manufacturer Airbus.

After opening take-off power, when the aircraft was at about 135kmph, a loud blast was heard from one of the two engines,” the official said. “Following engine failure, the take-off was rejected and the aircraft returned to the parking bay.

Cabin crew members and flyers reported seeing fire from the engine exhaust.
An initial inspection revealed damage to turbine blades of the engine and the aircraft was declared grounded. The flight was rescheduled.

An Indigo spokesperson confirmed the incident. “A loud noise was heard by crew and passengers, some passengers seemed to have observed a flash of light but no fire has been reported by flight crew. All passengers and aircraft are safe…” the spokesperson said. TNN

The Flight 6E 248 was later departed with a replaced aircraft at 01.05 a.m., after a 2.5hrs delay.