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A Jet Airways flight in India, traveling from Mumbai to Jaipur, had to return to Mumbai for an emergency landing after just 45 minutes in the air. The pilots reportedly “forgot” to flick the switch that stabilizes cabin pressure, and as a result, multiple passengers bled from their ears and nose.
“The 9W 697 Mumbai-Jaipur flight was turned back to Mumbai after take off as, during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure. This resulted in the oxygen masks dropping,” said Lalit Gupta, deputy director general with the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, according to the Hindustan Times. “Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache.”
The Boeing 737 landed safely early Thursday at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. A few passengers tweeted out video and photos of the incident.
@jetairways Flight 9W 697 made an emergency landing back in Mumbai. Airplane lost pressure immediately after taking off…scores of passengers including me bleeding from nose….no staff to help…no announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask.passengersafety completelyignored pic.twitter.com/vO9O95aMCP
— Satish Nair (@satishnairk) September 20, 2018
The airline released a Saturday statement saying five passengers “were referred to a hospital for additional medical check-up,” but it appears that no one was seriously injured. The airline added that it is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation carried out DGCA.