Jet Airways passengers hurt after pilots forgot to turn on cabin pressure


More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots forgot to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure.

Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off after pilots forgot to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure. The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers and 5 crew landed safely.

Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft.

Lalit Gupta, a senior official of India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), told the Hindustan Times newspaper that the crew had forgotten to select a switch to maintain cabin pressure.

The aviation ministry has said the cockpit crew has been taken off duty pending investigation.
Jet Airways said in a statement that Thursday morning’s flight had turned back “due to loss in cabin pressure” and “regretted” the inconvenience caused to its passengers.

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