More than 30 Indian passengers started to bleed from their noses and ears after the pilot forgot to turn on the switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said.
Jet Airways flight 9W 697 bound to Jaipaur turned back Mumbai shortly after take off. The Boeing 737, carrying 166 passengers, landed safely.
Some passengers recorded the videos for twitter. The oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft could be seen in the viral videos.
— Gravina pereira (@PereiraGravina) September 20, 2018
The aviation ministry has said the cockpit crew has been suspended from the duty for the investigation.
Jet Airways released a statement on Thursday which says that the flight had turned back “due to loss in cabin pressure”. The statement also mentioned about the regret company had for causing inconvenience to its passengers.
After the aircraft landed safely, the passengers and the crew members were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. Those who complained of ear pain of nose bleeding were given forst aid, the statement said.
A passenger Darshak Hathi tweeted a video of the inside of the aircraft as air pressure dropped and oxygen masks came down.
— Darshak Hathi (@DarshakHathi) September 20, 2018
Another passenger Satish Nair tweeted a picture of himself with bleeding nose and complaint that the safety of the passengers had been completely ignored” by the airline.
@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
In January, Jet Airways grounded two pilots after receiving reports of a fight inside the cockpit of a flight from London to Mumbai.