Passengers hurt after flight loses cabin pressure


Airport sources said the incident could be a result of the crew's alleged failure to activate what is called a "bleed switch" before the take-off, leading to disturbance in the cabin pressure and forcing use of oxygen masks.

Over 30 passengers in Jet Airways flight which is flying from Mumbai to Jaipur suffered nose and ear bleeding.

An AAIB official said the incident could be a case of negligence on the part of the pilots since controlling cabin pressure is part of mandatory checks before operating a flight. In another shocking incident, the loss of cabin pressure caused a scare on board Jet Airways flight 9W 697 earlier on Thursday.

Passengers stand on the tarmac after an emergency landing, due to lost cabin pressure, on a Jet Airways flight, in Mumbai, India September 20, 2018 in this still image obtained from social media video.

All patients have since been released from the hospital.

In a statement to Business Insider, Jet Airways said that "144 of the 166 guests of the original flight traveled to Jaipur via an alternative flight of the airline, while 17 of them wished to travel at another point in time".

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According to the BBC, during the flight, oxygen masks were deployed, prompting the airplane to land safely in the city, known formerly as Bombay.

Five passengers were shifted to Mumbai's Nanavati Hospital for treatment.

"I saw many people having nose bleeds", passenger Joel D'Souza told CNN. The latest plan by Jet Airways covers the "Economy Light" and "Economy Deal" categories in the domestic sector, the airline said in a statement. "Some have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headache", he added.

In January, two Jet Airways pilots were grounded for getting into a brawl and storming out of the cockpit briefly during a New Year's Day flight from London to Mumbai.

"The company is fully cooperating with the authorities and is responding to the queries raised by income tax authorities", the airline said in a notice to the exchanges.

Alongside, Indian Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered an investigation of the entire incident and has demanded a report about the same in a month's time.