Airplane passengers left bleeding from ears and nose after cabin pressure mistake

Nosebleeds on Indian flight after crew forget to pressurise cabin

One of the passengers has tweeted about the whole incident on Twitter and wrote, 'Panic situation due to technical fault in @jetairways 9W 0697 going from Mumbai to Jaipur. Medical help was given to 30 passengers. "I put on the oxygen mask, but it got soaked in blood".

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, BBC News reports. The Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 166 Jet Airways passengers from Mumbai to Jaipur had to return to Mumbai. Officials attributed this to a "cabin pressure problem". Because of this mishap, the air pressure in the cabin dropped dramatically and that's when the masks were deployed.

All the passengers in flight were instructed to use the Emergency oxygen masks after the knowing that cabin pressure was lost.

Because of this, aircraft are pressurized to simulate a lower altitude inside the cabin. "But, when oxygen masks are deployed, the aircraft cannot climb further as the oxygen can last for 12 minutes, and you have to land the aircraft", he said. Yes, several passengers were fell sick due in mid-air. By then, many people were "bleeding profusely" from their noses and ears. "Passengers were in a state of shock", he said. "We were not even offered a bottle of water". All the 166 passengers were given first aid by doctors at the Mumbai airport, a journalist reported on Twitter citing sources from the DGCA. They reached the hospital between 11am and noon. "The patients are being evaluated by our ear, nose and throat consultant", Rajendra Patankar, the chief operating officer at Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, told the Express. He also said, "All patients are hemo-dynamically stable as of now and are advised to avoid air travel for at least a week and follow up with the consultant".

Passengers were also critical of Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport's facilities.

Kala said he hadn't taken a decision on whether he would take action against Jet and added he wasn't in a position to give more details.

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