Passengers hurt after Jet Airways flight loses cabin pressure

A Boeing 737-400 aircraft from the Jet Airways fleet takes off in Bangalore

A Boeing 737-400 aircraft from the Jet Airways fleet takes off in Bangalore. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE—AFP Getty Images

Incredibly, cabin crew failed to pressurise the cabin of the B737 aircraft, which landed safely with 166 plus five crew on board.

Larit Gupta, a senior official with the department, told the Hindustan Times newspaper that the crew had forgotten to activate a switch to maintain cabin pressure. "As per initial information, out of 166 people on board, 30 passengers have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headaches". "Some of us experienced nose bleeding and headache", Darshak Hathi, a passenger said. The pilots have been taken off duty, pending investigation, a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has started an investigation.

"Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests", it said in a Twitter post. Another passenger, Satish Nair, claimed after the cabin pressure dropped, there were "no staff" to help and no instructions given when the oxygen masks deployed.

Pilots operating a Jet Airways India flight on Thursday forgot to turn on a switch that maintains optimal pressure in the cabin during ascent, causing injuries to some passengers.

As a result, the plane was forced to return to Mumbai.

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Meanwhile, one of the flyers who suffered nose and ear bleeding had to be later rushed to the hospital.

Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft. Following the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a sweeping safety audit of every Indian airline, airport, training school, and fix company.

Media reports say the crew forgot to pressurize the cabin for takeoff. "There was no announcement by the crew and nobody knew what to do". One of the passengers, Amit Relan, an event management professional and a frequent flier, said, "The crew members could have handled the situation in a better manner".

The rescheduled flight took off at 10:15 am.

Doctors diagnosed numerous passengers with barotrauma, which is the medical term for bleeding of the ears and nose.

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