Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

India airliner turns back due to bleeding passengers

India airliner turns back due to bleeding passengers

Releasing a statement, Jet Airways later had said, "Jet Airways Mumbai-Jaipur flight today made an air turn back due to a loss in cabin pressure".

Passengers on a domestic flight in India suffered nose bleeds and ear damage after "pilot error" caused cabin pressure to drop dramatically mid-air, aviation chiefs said. 30 out of 166 passengers experienced nose & ear bleeding, some also complained of headache. The carrier said it has taken the cockpit crew off duty pending an investigation into the incident.

In January, Jet Airways grounded two pilots following reports of a fight inside the cockpit of a flight from London to Mumbai. "Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests", it added.

Meanwhile, civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered the DGCA to conduct a comprehensive safety audit of all scheduled airlines, aerodromes, flying training schools and MROs immediately.

But the Jet Airways spokeswoman refused to confirm the claim that the crew forgot to press the button.

Serious incidents and accidents are referred to the AAIB for further investigation.

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

According to Flightradar24 aviation tracking site, the plane stopped climbing at 11,000 feet before returning to Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely. "Passenger safety completely ignored". They added, "The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai".

A doctor said that the five travellers are suffering from temporary mild deafness and they're now recuperating in a Mumbai hospital. "The matter is under investigation by DGCA [Directorate General of Civil Aviation] and hence it would prudent to await the results of the probe".

Video from inside the eerily calm cabin shows the oxygen masks being deployed and passengers slowly putting them on.

Sharing the ordeal Mr. Hathi said, "As soon as the flight took off, we started felling restless".

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