At least 30 people hurt after Jet Airways plane loses cabin pressure

  • At least 30 people hurt after Jet Airways plane loses cabin pressure

At least 30 people hurt after Jet Airways plane loses cabin pressure

The pilot team had to take this decision after more than 30 passengers onboard complained of bleeding from nose and ear while several others suffered headache.

In the statement, Jet Airways said Flight 9W697 "made an air turn back due to loss in cabin pressure".

A Jet Airways Mumbai-Jaipur flight was turned back to Mumbai mid-air on Thursday as, the crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure.

The flight heading to Jaipur, Rajastan state, was forced to returned to a Mumbai airport, with 30 passengers needing medical assistance. "As a result, oxygen masks got deployed", the official at aviation regulator DGCA said.

After the plane landed in Mumbai, doctors attended to the affected passengers. "Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests". The people had to use oxygen masks to breathe.

The statement further confirmed that the cockpit crew has now been "taken off scheduled duties pending investigation".

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which regulates civil aviation in India, has taken both pilots off duty.

The plane was carrying 166 passengers and five crew members.

They were being treated at the Mumbai airport.

After the flight's all three Instrument Landing System (ILS) receivers on board malfunctioned, the pilot says, "They are stuck, and there is no fuel".

The issue is said to have occurred after the crew missed activating what is called a "bleed switch" before take-off. "In the next five minutes, the air pressure had dropped so much that the oxygen masks came down automatically", Hathi said.

The flight's cock-pit crew has been taken off-duty and an investigation has been initiated by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB). All guests were deplaned safely.