Jet Airways passengers bleed from ears and noses in cockpit error

A Jaipur-bound Jet Airways flight was turned back to Mumbai on Thursday after several passengers suffered ear pain and nose-bleeds, during take-off because of loss in cabin air pressure.

All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport.

This has prompted an investigation by the aviation ministry who have suspended the cockpit crew while it gathers facts.

Fares for domestic destinations are all set to come down further as two Full Service Carriers (FSC) - Jet Airways and Vistara - have recently made a decision to unbundle their meal services. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. The patients were brought in with bleeding and pain in the nose and ears", said Dr. Patankar.

On Twitter, some passengers gave a report of their experiences while on the flight.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the MoCA said that the crew members who were on duty for the particular flight are being de-rostered on account of the incident. The passengers are now being treated at the Mumbai airport.

Over 30 passengers suffered this issue as the crew of the flight 9W 697 allegedly forgot to select switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained.

"The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai", Jet Airways said in a statement.

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. As per initial information, few passengers had nose bleeding. "This is an unfortunate incident".

  • David Armstrong