Passengers suffer nosebleeds after flight crew forget to flick pressure switch

Daniel Fowler
September 21, 2018

For a number of passengers on a Jet Airways flight, the opposite was true when they were left bleeding from their ears and noses after the air cabin crew forgot to turn on the cabin pressure.

Jet Airways flight number 9W 0697 was turned back to Mumbai after half of the passengers on board experienced bleeding from their noses and ears. The other passengers were attended to by doctors at the Mumbai airport.

As per initial information, out of total 166 passengers, some even complained of headache and oxygen masks were put in use mid-air. "All around me, people were squirming in discomfort with their ears and noses bleeding", said Sharma, 39, who was travelling to Jaipur for work.

The flight crew have since been taken off scheduled duties pending an investigation, the airline said on Twitter.

When Jet Airways' Mumbai-Jaipur flight took off on Thursday morning, some noted it was stuffy inside the plane.

"I was in the business class and the oxygen mask came down suddenly".

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"During climb, the crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressure could not be maintained".

10 minutes into takeoff, oxygen masks were unclasped and lowered from above passengers' seats, leading to acute panic.

"Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts. No announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask", one person wrote, as he posted photos of himself inside the plane and on the tarmac after the aircraft landed.

The statement said: "The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai". Officials attributed this to a "cabin pressure problem".

"In view of the incidents related to the safety of the passengers, civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has directed officials concerned to prepare a comprehensive safety audit plan which involves assessment of safety parameters of all scheduled airlines, aerodromes, flying training schools and maintenance, fix and overhaul (agencies) immediately", said the civil aviation ministry.

Ankur Kala, who suffered nasal bleeding in the incident, alleged that the flight crew members were like "trainees" who did not know how to handle the situation. The airline will continue to offer necessary medical care and attention to the concerned guests as required.

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