Airplane passengers left bleeding from ears and nose after cabin pressure mistake

Randal Sanchez
September 21, 2018

On Thursday morning, the 166 passengers on board a Jet Airways flight might not have been aware about the incident that happened in Greece over a decade ago. One, Satish Nair, said on Twitter that the plane "lost pressure immediately after taking off", and that no staff were available to help passengers and there was no announcement to wear oxygen masks.

The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai.

The airline said five people were hospitalized and have been released.

As per initial information, out of total 166 passengers, some even complained of headache and oxygen masks were put in use mid-air.

Thirty passengers on board flight 9W697 began bleeding from the ears and nose shortly after takeoff.

An official with India's national aviation regulator told the Press Trust of India the crew "forgot to select (the) bleed switch" to maintain the aircraft's cabin pressure.

Mr Sharma further said that soon the crew announced that the plane would return to Mumbai airport.

"All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal", the carrier said.

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Several commuters complained of severe headaches and at least 30 reported bleeding from their nose and ears.

In light of the grave mistake the flight crew made, they have been suspended from their duties and are now pending investigation. The flight landed safely.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has started an investigation.

One passenger told ANI, "After we took off the AC malfunctioned, then air pressure system malfunctioned too&oxygen masks came out".

This is not an isolated incident where passengers had to suffer due to the sheer negligence on the part of the airline companies.

Passengers on board Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur captured video of the incident, showing frantic passengers and oxygen masks dangling from the ceiling.

A spokesperson for the hospital said, "He has been admitted for audiometry test and the hospital will issue a health statement after some time". Following the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a sweeping safety audit of every Indian airline, airport, training school, and fix company.

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