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.