Spirit to ground 7 planes over engine issue

Spirit’s CEO said the engine issue would have to be fixed by the end of each year, calling it a “disappointing development”.

The engine manufacturer’s owner said other planes would also need engine inspections after the quality control problem was discovered.

RTX said it expects the PW1100 engines to be removed and inspected by mid-September, and another 1,000 machines will need to be inspected over the next 9 to 12 months to prevent accidents.

According to Christie, Spirit‘s engine group has 13 engines identified by Pratt & Whitney for inspection.

“The current plan is to begin taking these engines out of service after Labor Day, which will take seven of the nine aircraft out of scheduled service,” he added.

Doing so affects the airline’s revenue.

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The new issue is another disappointing development.

It has already suffered financial losses from air control challenges due to weather difficulties.

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