Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure

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Chief Operating Officer of Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital Rajendra Patankar said preliminary tests showed the five passengers suffered barotrauma of ear, which is caused due to a change in air pressure.

Jet Airways has said the flight's cockpit crew has been taken off scheduled duties pending an investigation.

The passengers on board Jet Airways flight 9W 967 started bleeding and experiencing headaches shortly after take-off.

"No staff to help.no announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask". The flight commenced from Mumbai at 5.50 AM but had to return to the city after an hour and had an emergency landing. The members of the cockpit crew were suspended pending an investigation, and all passengers were safe with only minor injuries suffered, according to the airline. "As a result, oxygen masks got deployed", said Lalit Gupta, deputy director general, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Nasal and ear bleeding of air passengers due to de-pressurisation of cabin is a rare occurrence, the two senior pilots who are working with two different airlines told PTI. "Thirty passengers had nosebleed, a few bled from the ear and some had headache", the official said.

Melissa Tixiera via Reuters
Melissa Tixiera via Reuters

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

Another passenger said: "There were elderly persons on board".

Citing initial information, the official said few passengers have nose bleeding.

Jet Airways passenger Satish Nair wears an oxygen mask, September 20, 2018. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will also be conducting an investigation on the airline as well.

Aircraft fly at an altitude where the air pressure is far lower than our bodies are used to, which also means there is less oxygen available for us to breathe. The flight landed safely largely because of the skill and presence of mind of the pilots and the air traffic controller. The order came after the consumer disputes forum in Amritsar took note of the complaint filed by these three city lawyers.

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