Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Indian flight returns after passengers ill by pressure loss

Indian flight returns after passengers ill by pressure loss

A cockpit mix-up left more than 30 passengers on India's Jet Airway's flight bleeding from their ears and noses Thursday after the crew forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure.

In the four-pager, Patel has accused the crew of Jet Airways of "dereliction of duty" and "poor crisis management" leading to the incident on September 20 on its Mumbai-Jaipur flight No. 9W-0697.

The airline said the flight's cockpit crew was taken off scheduled duties pending an investigation.

The civil aviation ministry has taken note of the situation and has requested the aviation regulator DGCA to file its report immediately on the issue.

After the Boeing 737 aircraft landed, the affected passengers were taken to the airport terminal where doctors administered first aid.

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.

"Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts". All guests were deplaned safely.

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

The flight turned back "due to loss in cabin pressure", according to a statement from the Indian global airline.

People on board posted photos and videos of the calamity online, with one purported passenger, Darshak Hathi, uploading footage on Twitter showing travellers using oxygen masks. "Some of us experienced nose bleeding and headache". Jet Airways "posted a loss of about $189 million for the April-June quarter", the wire service said.

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