The aircraft, which had 166 on board at the time, turned back to Mumbai airport after 30 passengers started experiencing painful bleeding. Following the incident on Flight 9W 697, first aid was administered in the airport and eight people were subsequently hospitalised.
An official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA,) Lalit Gupta, confirmed the incident, saying, “During climb, the crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained.”
He continued, “As a result, oxygen masks got deployed. As per initial information, out of 166 people on board, 30 passengers have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headache.”
“30 passengers have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headache.”
A Jet Airways spokesperson said, “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.”
The Civil Aviation Ministry has requested the DGCA to immediately file a report on the issue. Meanwhile, an official at the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has suggested that is could be a case of pilot negligence, judging by the preliminary information that they had received. Controlling cabin pressure is part of a pilots check procedures before operating a flight. The two pilots and cabin crew have been temporarily taken off the airlines roster pending investigation.
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