Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Dozens injured on flight after plane loses cabin pressure

Dozens injured on flight after plane loses cabin pressure

A Jet Airways flight in India had to turn back in mid-flight Thursday as low cabin pressure caused some passengers to experience ear aches and nosebleeds.

According to local media, out of 166 passengers, 30 of them suffered ear and nose bleeding while dozens more complained of migraines. A passenger who requested anonymity said, "Though people cooperated well and followed the crew instructions after oxygen masks were deployed, few of them found it hard to handle the decreased cabin pressure".

Jet said the five passengers who were bleeding were taken to hospital and have been discharged, adding that 144 of the 166 passengers later travelled to Jaipur by an alternative flight.

Indian aviation regulator - Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) confirmed that the incident was caused by an error by the flight crew. In a statement, Jet Airways concedes the plane had to return to Mumbai "due to loss in cabin pressure" and that it "regretted" the incident, per the BBC.

"I was in the business class and the oxygen mask came down suddenly". Due to an imbalance in the temperature inside the flight, passengers started feeling dizzy and sick.

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During the climb, the crew of the B737 aircraft forgot to select the bleed switch, which allows high pressure bleed air from the engine to be used for cabin pressurization.

Five of the most critical passengers were taken to the Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai.

"Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts". "Even when the aircraft landed in Mumbai, the Jet personnel had no clue about the state of passengers". The flight landed safely largely because of the skill and presence of mind of the pilots and the air traffic controller.

According to two senior pilots and regulatory officials, Thursday's incident could be due to human negligence as checking cabin pressure is part of standard checks carried out before operation of a flight.

India's civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered the DGCA to conduct a safety audit of all airlines, airports, flying training schools and maintenance facilities in the country and submit a report within 30 days. It added: "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. There was no announcement (related to the problem) from the crew". 5 guests who were referred to a hospital for additional medical check-up accompanied by the Jet Aiways' Care team have since been released, post medical examination.

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