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Get engine oil samples of entire Q400 fleet examined, DGCA directs SpiceJet

New Delhi: The aviation watchdog DGCA has ordered SpiceJet to send engine oil samples from the entire Q400 fleet, which consists of 14 operational aircraft, to Pratt & Whitney Canada in order to check for the presence of metal and carbon seat particles after a recent incident of smoke in a SpiceJet aircraft cabin.

In addition, SpiceJet has been instructed by the DGCA to check the bleed-off valve screen and housing for signs of oil dampness.

The investigation was started by the DGCA after a SpiceJet flight made an emergency landing at the Hyderabad airport on October 12 after smoke was found in the cabin.

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SpiceJet was instructed not to send any engines to Standard Aero-Singapore until the investigation is finished in light of the aforementioned occurrence as well as a similar issue with a PWC 150 A engine in the recent past, which had also shop visited Standard Aero-Singapore for refurbishment.

In order to check for the presence of metal and carbon seal particles, the DGCA has ordered that engine oil samples be periodically taken and forwarded to Pratt & Whitney Canada every 15 days rather than the current 30 days.

Additionally, it mandated the completion of the inspection on three engines, which had been delivered from Standard Aero, Singapore, by Monday night, and the one-time Boroscopic inspection of all operational engines within a week.

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Additionally, it demanded that every week, the airline examine the bleed off valve screen and housing for signs of oil dampness.

In addition, the DGCA requested that magnetic chip detectors be immediately inspected for the presence of any metal particles following the reporting of a class 2 failure in the central display system, which requires for inspection within the following 65 flying hours. According to the DGCA, a boroscopic inspection of the engine must be completed before releasing the aircraft if any metal particles were found.

The DGCA stated that it is closely monitoring the situation and will take all necessary steps to prevent any undesirable incidence.

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