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Jet Airways flight returns to Mumbai with bleeding passengers as crew forgot to maintain cabin pressure

The crew in the Jaipur bound flight 'forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained'.

Mumbai: Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur on September 20, 2018, made an air turn back due to loss in cabin pressure. The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew members landed normally in Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc. Eight passengers have been hospitalised.

“During climb, crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed. As per initial information, some passengers had nose bleeding. Out of 166 passengers on board, 30 were affected by nose bleeding, ear bleeding and some are complained of headache. All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport,” read a statement from a Jet  Airways spokesperson.

As Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests, the airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight. The crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation, DGCA added.

“MoCA has taken cognizance of the incident in flight 9W 697 earlier on Thursday and has requested DGCA to file its report immediately on the issue. The crew is being derostered. Of the 166 people on board, 30 were affected and have been given treatment,” said a statement from Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Several passengers posted images and videos from inside the plane:

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