pilots forgot to activate the regulation of air pressure inside the aircraft

More than 30 Indian passengers were injured, some of them suffered nose and ear bleeding after the pilots “forgot” to activate the regulation of air pressure inside the aircraft.

The jet airways 9W697 flight was going from Mumbai to Jaipur, returned shortly after take-off.

The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely.

The aviation ministry said the cockpit crew had been taken off duty pending an investigation.

Lalit Gupta, a senior official of India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), told the Hindustan Times newspaper that the crew had forgotten to select a switch to maintain cabin pressure.

Jet Airways said in a statement that Thursday morning’s flight had turned back “due to loss in cabin pressure” and “regretted” the inconvenience caused to its passengers.

“The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai. 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 statement said.

The airline said it was co-operating fully with the DGCA investigation.

Live tweets from  the plane

 

Videos from the flight posted online showed passengers wearing oxygen masks, which automatically deploy if there is a drop in pressure.
“I saw many people having nose bleeds,” passenger Joel D’Souza told CNN. “I took off my oxygen mask for one second and felt so stuffy and hot in the cabin. There was no announcement by the crew and nobody knew what to do.”
He said he and other passengers had since boarded another flight that was about to depart around 11.00 a.m. local time.

another passenger twitted :  Panic situation due to technical fault in 9W 0697 going from Mumbai to Jaipur. Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts. All passengers are safe including me.

 

 

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