Jet Airways flight forced to turn back as cabin crew overlook a critical technicality

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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.

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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“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.

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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