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30 passengers fall sick on India flight due to pressure problem

24 September, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Nosebleeds on Indian flight after crew forget to pressurise cabin

Over 30 passengers of a Jet Airways flight suffered bleeding from their nose and ears, after the cabin crew failed to maintain cabin pressure on Thursday morning.

Over 30 passengers complained of nose-bleed and many suffered headaches as the cabin pressure plunged mid-air.

"During the climb, crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurization could not be maintained, and oxygen masks got deployed", the official said. The carrier said it has taken the cockpit crew off duty pending an investigation into the incident. The Civil Aviation ministry has asked aviation regulator DGCA for a report on the incident.

The plane carrying 166 passengers landed back in Mumbai and those affected were given medical attention while alternative flights were arranged, Jet Airways said. The plane had to turn back to the Mumbai airport.

"Jet Airways B737 aircraft operating flight 9W 697 of 20th Sep 2018 [Mumbai-Jaipur] had air turnback to Mumbai".

Meanwhile, the crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal".

An airline expert said, the crew missed out a routine check and emergency system (oxygen masks) worked as intended. "Some of us experienced nose bleeding and headache".

The flight turned back "due to loss in cabin pressure", according to a statement from the Indian worldwide airline. "Our latest initiative is a step ahead in terms of flexibility and being receptive to our guests' preference to facilitate greater choice and convenience", he said.



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