Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur was forced to turn back midair, on Thursday, due to loss in cabin pressure. The air pressure fell as the cabin crew forgot to turn on the switch that maintains cabin pressure. The regulator reacted swiftly taking the cabin crew off duty pending investigation.
“During climb, the crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed,” the official at aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said.
MoCA has taken cognizance of the incident in flight 9W 697 earlier today and has requested DGCA to file its report immediately on the issue. The crew is being derostered. Of the 166 people on board, 30 were affected and have been given treatment.
— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) September 20, 2018
The aircraft with 166 passengers and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai. However, passengers complained of discomfort, with 30 among them experiencing nose and ear bleeding and some complaining of headache as well. All the affected flyers are being treated at the Mumbai airport.
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Panic situation due to technical fault in @jetairways 9W 0697 going from Mumbai to Jaipur. Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts. All passengers are safe including me. pic.twitter.com/lnOaFbcaps
— Darshak Hathi (@DarshakHathi) September 20, 2018
“The crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation”, DGCA stated. Moreover, the two pilots have been de-rostered.
Earlier visuals of passengers of Jet Airways Mumbai-Jaipur flight after being deplaned when the flight was turned back to Mumbai airport midway, after loss in cabin pressure. Visuals from Mumbai airport. pic.twitter.com/GOXsJYhr7S
— ANI (@ANI) September 20, 2018
Even as the affected passengers are being treated and rest wait at the airport, the Jet Airways spokesperson said that the flight’s cockpit crew has been taken off scheduled duties pending investigation. The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight.
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