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Airlines experts allege negligence of jet crew

22 September, 2018, 16:53 | Author: Kristi Dunn
  • Nosebleeds on Indian flight after crew forget to pressurise cabin

This led to an imbalance in the cabin pressure and oxygen masks were deployed with which most passengers breathed.

A retired pilot said: "The crew turns on the bleed switch and the outflow valve begins to close and the cabin starts to pressurise during takeoff".

Officials in Mumbai said five passengers, who suffered nose and ear bleeding, were diagnosed with "mild conductive deafness" and later discharged from hospital.

Jet Airways Flight 9W 697 was travelling from Mumbai when the incident occurred.

Satish Nair also posted a picture and complained that passengers were not kept informed during the ordeal.

The affected passengers were being attended by the doctors at the airport.

Image via Flickr  Paul Hamilton
Image via Flickr Paul Hamilton

This comes at a somewhat tense moment for the airline - according to Reuters, it is "struggling to cut costs and embroiled in a pay dispute with pilots". All guests were deplaned safely. "Some have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of headache", he added.

Quartz notes Jet Airways has been contending with other recent troubles as well, including debt and tax woes.

Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau is conducting an enquiry into the incident. Following the incident, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu ordered a sweeping safety audit of every Indian airline, airport, training school, and fix company.

Jet Airways flight 9W697, which carried 166 passengers on board, suffered a technical fault due to pilots forgetting to switch on something called a "bleed switch" which normalises cabin pressure inside the plane, media reports said.

The flight turned back "due to loss in cabin pressure", according to a statement from the Indian global airline. "Jet Airways is also extending full cooperation to the DGCA for the ongoing investigation of the event", Jet Airways said in a statement. "The matter is under investigation by DGCA [Directorate General of Civil Aviation] and hence it would prudent to await the results of the probe".

The Income Tax (IT) department has found evidences of inflated expenditure by Jet Airways in their survey carried out at the airline's Mumbai and Delhi offices.

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