Jet Airways passengers bleeding from noses and ears as pilots ‘forget’ cabin pressure switch
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Jet Airways passengers suffered nose and ear bleeding as the pilots “forgot” to turn on a switch that controls cabin air pressure.
A Jet Airways plane was forced to return mid-flight to Mumbai airport after the crew forgot to switch on the cabin pressurisation system, officials said.
According to reports, at least 30 passengers on the Mumbai to Jaipur flight suffered ear and nose bleeding during the ascent.
Oxygen masks were deployed approximately 5-10 minutes into flight 9W-697 as the air pressure dropped.
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The Boeing 737 aircraft, which was carrying 166 passengers and five crew members, landed safely.
“I was sitting on an aisle seat when suddenly air pressure in the cabin dropped and oxygen masks came down. I saw a passenger sitting next to me bleeding from nose. Several others complained of extreme pain in their ears,” a passenger told PTI after he landed in Jaipur on an alternative flight.
An official investigation is underway and the flight’s cockpit crew have been removed from their duties pending its outcome.
“The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc,” Jet Airways said in a statement.