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THE BROAD VIEW

The secret of powerless flight

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

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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...