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The secret of powerless flight

While planes are built to glide when the right person is in charge, why are aircraft engines failing?

Indian budget carriers GoAir and IndiGo have received and affixed modified engines from P&W that have addressed problems of stalling. But a lack of supply means all engines have not been modified as yet.

PRATT & Whitney (P&W) is a not a name that springs to the mind of most travellers. Yet, it is a substantial aerospace component manufacturer with the sort of antecedents that would make Rolls-Royce or BMW blush.

Mounted discretely beneath the wings of numerous aircraft, its sturdy...