Passengers hurt after Jet Airways flight loses cabin pressure

Devin Lawrence
September 24, 2018

"Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests", it added.

A Jaipur-bound Jet Airways flight returned to Mumbai Wednesday after several passengers suffered nasal and ear bleeding.

The passengers on the flight reportedly wore oxygen masks in response to the mishap which has brought up a discussion concerning air safety in India. It also said that the cabin crew has been taken off scheduled duty pending investigation.

Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew forgot to switch on the cabin pressure system and oxygen masks were deployed, according to India's civil aviation regulator.

"After an hour of high-altitude flying, the flight had to make an emergency landing and about 30 passengers had blood (in ears and nose) and the rest were suffocating, putting the travelers in death-bed situation and condition", said Patel.

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Preliminary information also revealed that the Boeing 737 aircraft had climbed upto 10,000 feet and was close to Surat when pilots made a decision to return to Mumbai after the incident on Thursday.

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. The crew is being derostered.

He added, "Following the air-turn back of Jet Airways' flight 9W 697 of 20th September 2018; 144 of the 166 guests of the original flight travelled to Jaipur via an alternative flight of the airline, while 17 of them wished to travel at another point in time". Of the 166 people on board, 30 were affected and have been given treatment.

The incident is the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for the airline, which like other Indian carriers has been suffering financially.

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