Scare on board Jet Airways flight due to cabin pressure loss

Jet Airways,DGCA,Mumbai airport

Jet Airways,DGCA,Mumbai airport

Around 30 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeds while, some even complained of headache. It also said that the cabin crew has been taken off scheduled duty pending investigation. A statement by aviation regulator DGCA, quoted by PTI, said the crew "forgot to select the bleed switch, due to which cabin pressure could not be maintained".

All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport.

In August 2005, a Helios Airways flight from Cyprus to Athens had suffered a loss in cabin pressure which immobilized the crew, the plane flew on autopilot till the fuel ran out and it crashed, killed all 121 passengers and the crew on board.

Preliminary information also revealed that the Boeing 737 aircraft had climbed upto 10,000 feet and was close to Surat when pilots chose to return to Mumbai after the incident on Thursday.

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The flight took off for Jaipur from Mumbai at 10.15 am.

An airline expert said, the crew missed out a routine check and emergency system (oxygen masks) worked as intended. "First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose". "The airline will continue to offer necessary medical care and attention to the concerned guests as required", the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed. "I saw a passenger sitting next to me bleeding from the nose. 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.

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