Plane passengers bled from their noses, ears on Jet Airways flight

Jet Airways passengers bleed mid-air after crew forgets to maintain cabin pressure flight turns back

This led to an imbalance in the cabin pressure and oxygen masks were deployed with which most passengers breathed.

Preliminary information also revealed that the Boeing 737 aircraft had climbed upto 10,000 feet and was close to Surat when pilots chose to return to Mumbai after the incident on Thursday. Around 30 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeds while, some even complained of headache. The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai from half way because the crew had forgot to switch the "maintain cabin pressure" button. It also said that the cabin crew has been taken off scheduled duty pending investigation.

The flight immediately turned back and landed in Mumbai where the affected passengers, some of whom also complained of headaches, were offloaded and were treated by doctors at the airport.

Raj Sivakumar, senior vice-president for sales & distribution said the decision comes from the fact that guests, especially the millennials, wish to be empowered and exercise their right of choice and globally service models in the airlines' space change every day. "All passengers are safe including me", he added.

For example, the average fare between Mumbai-Delhi, which hovers around Rs 3,000-3,500, will now be Rs 300 to Rs 500 cheaper if the passenger prefers not to have his/her meals on board.

The Times reported that India's Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has launched a probe into the incident, and the airline said it is "extending full cooperation". "Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests". The crew is being derostered.

In the statement, Jet Airways said Flight 9W697 "made an air turn back due to loss in cabin pressure".

It is the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for the airline.

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