Jet Airways passengers suffered nose and ear bleeding on Thursday morning as the pilots forgot to switch on the system to maintain cabin pressure. Lalit Gupta, deputy director general, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said in a statement that “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. Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache. During take off, pilots briefly turn off the bleed switch. This resulted in release of air from the engine which is used in maintaining oxygen inside the aircraft and provide air conditioning. The bleed switch is then turned on during ascent.
The crew has been taken off duty by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB). AAIB has also started an investigation. Ministry of Civil Aviation has requested the DGCA to file its report immediately on the issue. The passengers are being treated at Mumbai airport. In a statement, Jet Airways said the B737 aircraft landed normally in Mumbai. “All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc. The flight’s cockpit crew has been taken off scheduled duties pending investigation. The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight. Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests.” Several passengers posted images showing the oxygen masks being deployed due to the low cabin pressure. An alternate flight was arranged for 144 out of 166 passengers to Jaipur, with the rest of the passengers cancelling their travelling plans.