New Delhi: A Mumbai-Jaipur Jet Airways flight had to be turned back as several passengers suffered nasal and ear bleeding issues allegedly due to the failure of the cockpit crew to maintain cabin pressure, a DGCA official said.
The 9W 697 flight – a Boeing 737 aircraft – had 166 passengers and five crew on board. Thirty of them suffered injuries, about eight may need hospitalisation in Mumbai.
“During the climb, the crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed,” the official at aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said.
The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai due to “loss of cabin pressure” and the pilots have been taken off duty pending investigation, a Jet Airways spokesperson said.
“Out of 166 passengers on board, 30 passengers are affected… some have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of a headache,” he added.
There were 166 passengers and 5 crew members on board flight 9W 697.
The Jet Airways spokesperson expressed regret for the inconvenience caused to passengers and said alternative arrangements are being made for the passengers.
The official said all the affected passengers are being attended to by doctors at the airport. According to the airline, the aircraft landed normally in Mumbai.
An official at Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) said that going by the preliminary information, it could be a case of negligence on the part of the pilots since controlling cabin pressure control is part of a check before operating a flight.
Meanwhile, one passenger of a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur, which returned on Thursday after several passengers suffered nose and ear bleeding, has been taken to a hospital here for a medical check-up, an official said.
One middle-aged male passenger was brought to the Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital in suburban Vile Parle by Jet Airways officials.
“He has been taken for audiometry test and the hospital will issue a health statement after some time,” a spokesperson of the hospital said.