Jet Airways passengers bleed as crew 'forget to maintain cabin pressure'

Published: September 20, 2018
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A Jet Airways plane is parked at the Chhatrapi Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India. PHOTO:REUTERS

A Jet Airways plane is parked at the Chhatrapi Shivaji International airport in Mumbai, India. PHOTO:REUTERS

NEW DELHI: More than two dozen passengers on a Jet Airways flight were treated for minor injuries on Thursday after their plane lost cabin pressure and was forced to turn back, aviation authorities said.

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Shortly after takeoff from Mumbai, flight crew on India’s biggest full service carrier forgot to select a switch to maintain cabin pressure and oxygen masks were deployed, India’s civil aviation regulator said.

The plane returned to Mumbai where 30 of its 166 passengers were treated for minor injuries, including headaches and bleeding from the nose or ears, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation said in a statement.

Jet Airways did not immediately respond to an email from Reuters to seek comment.

Videos taken by passengers quickly went viral on social media, focusing public attention on the airline at a time when it is struggling to cut costs and embroiled in a pay dispute with pilots.

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The airline, partly owned by Etihad Airways, last month said it would inject funds and cut costs in excess of $278 million over two years to try to stem losses.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Rollin & Trollin
    Sep 20, 2018 - 4:46PM

    Had this taken place in the US the airline would be sued left, right and center. I hope those who suffered take action.Recommend

  • Mast
    Sep 20, 2018 - 5:19PM

    And we thought only PIA only was an embarrassment. Looks like we got competition from across the border.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 20, 2018 - 8:00PM

    Whewwww glad am not on that plane . I would have died of fright . Recommend

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