Jet Airways flight makes emergency landing as 30 passengers suffer bleeding

Plane passengers suffer nose & ear bleeding as crew ‘forgot’ to maintain cabin pressure
Nosebleeds on Indian flight after crew forget to pressurise cabin

24 September, 2018

A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur was forced to turn back Thursday after around 30 passengers complained of nose and ear bleeds due to low pressure in the cabin.

But as the Hindustan Times reported, the country's civil aviation regulator stated that this happened because, "during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure". The carrier said it has taken the cockpit crew off duty pending an investigation into the incident. The airline said it will arrange alternate flights for the passengers.

Narrating the horrific incident, a passenger, Darshak Hathi, said, "After we took off the AC malfunctioned, then air pressure system malfunctioned too and oxygen masks came out".

Panic situation due to technical fault in @jetairways 9W 0697 going from Mumbai to Jaipur.

Satish Nair also posted a picture and complained that passengers were not kept informed during the ordeal.

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For example, the average fare between Mumbai-Delhi, which hovers around Rs 3,000-3,500, will now be Rs 300 to Rs 500 cheaper if the passenger prefers not to have his/her meals on board.

The crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation into the incident. The crew is being derostered.

A similar incident was recorded in April 1988, when an Aloha Airlines flight between Hili and Honolulu in Hawaii Islands suffered huge damage after an explosive decompression, but managed to land safely at Kahului Airport in Maui.

In January, two Jet Airways pilots were grounded for getting into a brawl and storming out of the cockpit briefly during a New Year's Day flight from London to Mumbai.

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