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Dozens injured on flight after plane loses cabin pressure

21 September, 2018, 12:14 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • A passenger at Nanavati Hospital in Vile Parle on Thursday. Nirmal Harindran

Five Jet Airways passengers who suffered nose and ear bleeding after the aircraft took off without the crew turning on a switch that controls cabin air pressure, has been admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for check-up on Thursday.

In a major lapse, Jet Airways had to turn back shortly on Thursday morning after passengers suffer through the nose and ear bleeding allegedly over a freaky mistake by the crew.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation said it has taken "cognisance" of the incident and ordered the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to investigate and file its report on the matter immediately.

As Jet Airways Flight 9W697 took off from Mumbai on Thursday, something terrifying quickly became clear: The cabin was not properly pressurized.

Meanwhile, furious passengers onboard the flight vented their ire via social media accusing the airline of completely ignoring their plight during the incident.

"As a result, oxygen masks got deployed", he said while confirming the number of injured passengers. It was only after some time that they declared that there was a cabin pressure fault.

This forces a drop in cabin pressure. "I saw a passenger sitting next to me bleeding from the nose".


In January 2018, two pilots had been de-rostered by Jet Airways for fighting inside the London-bound Mumbai flight. He claimed that there was no oxygen flow in the masks and many people faced difficulty in putting on the mask. According to an official statement, the incident happened after the crew forgot to switch on the system that maintains cabin pressure.

In a statement, Jet Airways said the B737 aircraft landed normally in Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal.

Symptoms suffered by the passengers are common when a plane has low air pressure, according to Newsweek.

A doctor said that the five travellers are suffering from temporary mild deafness and they're now recuperating in a Mumbai hospital.

Flightradar24's flight map showed the plane reached an altitude of 11,000 feet before turning back to the airport. "All patients are hemo-dynamically stable as of now and are advised to avoid air travel for at least a week and follow up with the consultant".

Added another: "Scores of passengers including me bleeding from nose... no staff to help... no announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask".

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