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In a statement on Monday, IndiGo said that the airline detected five technical snags from over 2,000 flights during the past 48 hours and out of these, only one aircraft has been grounded.

In the third alarming incident on Sunday in India's domestic skies, yet another Airbus 320 neo aircraft was grounded due to a major engine snag. IndiGo, which has a fleet of 45 Airbus A320 Neo jets, has now grounded 12 such aircraft. During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on engine number 1 and number 3 bearing chip detector, which is a known concern on the neo engine, the airline further stated.

"An A320 neo aircraft that operated on Delhi-Srinagar route was cleared after maintenance checks upon arrival at the Srinagar airport". Around 122 flights scheduled between March 16-31 have been cancelled.

Earlier 626 flights were canceled by both Indigo and GoAir due faulty engines that led to the grounding of 11 Pratt & Whitney flights last week.

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About the Mumbai bound plane grounded in Jammu, she wrote: "An A320 neo aircraft that operated Mumbai-Jammu, during maintenance checks was detected with leakage from #1 engine".

On the Srinagar flight, which had hydraulic leakage, IndiGo's official spokesperson told The Kashmir Monitor that the "issue has been rectified and the aircraft is now fit to fly". "Both these aircraft were immediately withdrawn for rectification". They include flights to and from Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Jammu, Bhubaneswar, Jammu, Amristar, Goa, Coimbatore, Indore, Kochi, Mangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Varanasi, Raipur, Visakhapatnam, among others. Put together, IndiGo and GoAir have cancelled around 626 flights. As per the information released by the aviation regulator, reasons for flight cancellations include technical causes, weather, commercial, operational and miscellaneous.

IndiGo already has 11 of its A320neos grounded after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the airline to pull them out of operations due to a completely new set of issues with the engines. Aviation regulator DGCA said it is keeping a close watch on the recent incidents."These appear as one-off incidents and not linked with the engine issues due to which some planes have been grounded".

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