Jet Airways passengers bleed from ears and noses in cockpit error

Muriel Colon
September 24, 2018

"I was sitting on an aisle seat when suddenly air pressure in the cabin dropped and oxygen masks came down", passenger Prashant Sharma told India's PTI news agency.

Over 30 passengers complained of nose-bleed and many suffered headaches as the cabin pressure plunged mid-air.

The flight immediately turned back and landed in Mumbai where the affected passengers, some of whom also complained of headaches, were offloaded and were treated by doctors at the airport. All guests were deplaned safely.

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu Thursday ordered a safety audit of all scheduled airlines and airports, amid recent incidents related to safety of passengers.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the MoCA said that the crew members who were on duty for the particular flight are being de-rostered on account of the incident.

A day after 30 passengers of a Jet Airways flight suffered bleeding through ears and nose, a Mumbai activist on Friday asked the police to book the airline for "attempted murder".

Earlier, the DGCA, in a statement, said that the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation into the matter.

The flight carrying 166 passengers took off around 0600 hrs in the morning but the crew forgot to select the switch to maintain cabin pressure which led to the situation, sources said. As per initial information, few passengers had nose bleeding. "Our latest initiative is a step ahead in terms of flexibility and being receptive to our guests' preference to facilitate greater choice and convenience", he said. "The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight", he said in a statement.

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