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Kingfisher Grounds 9 Airbus Planes on Engine Faults

Kingfisher Airlines Ltd., India’s second-biggest domestic carrier, said it grounded nine Airbus SAS planes because of a faulty engine component.

Kingfisher, owned by India’s biggest brewer, expects three of the aircraft to resume service within two weeks, Prakash Mirpuri, a spokesman, said in a mobile-phone text message today. The technical faults were found in narrowbody Airbus A320 planes, he said.

The affected engines are IAE V2500s made by International Aero Engines AG, a venture between four manufacturers including Rolls-Royce Group Plc and Pratt & Whitney. Kingfisher has 66 planes in its fleet, Mirpuri said.

An “issue” with a drum in the engine was discovered last year as part of a routine inspection, IAE said today in an e-mailed statement.

“We understand the issue and already have a simple fix in place that involves the replacement of certain nuts in the compressor,” IAE said. “This fix is already being rolled out to the existing fleet through the overhaul process and is also in place for new-production engines.”

The e-mailed response didn’t specify how many engines have been affected.

Ashmita Sethi, a spokeswoman at Rolls-Royce India, referred the question on engines to IAE.

Kingfisher rose 0.4 percent in Mumbai to 52.25 rupees. The shares have declined 17 percent this year.

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