NEW DELHI: At least 30 passengers suffered ear and nose-bleed onboard a Mumbai-Jaipur Jet Airways flight soon after take-off due to a blunder by the cabin crew on Thursday morning.
The Boeing 9W 697 had to be manoeuvred back to Mumbai as passengers on board fell sick.
As per initial information, out of total 166 passengers, some even complained of headache and oxygen masks were put in use mid-air. The passengers are now being treated at the Mumbai airport.
The civil aviation ministry has taken note of the situation and has requested the aviation regulator DGCA to file its report immediately on the issue.
A DGCA official said that the incident occurred after cabin pressure fell due to the fault of cockpit crew. The official said that crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed.
The crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation into the incident.
Preliminary information also revealed that the Boeing 737 aircraft had climbed upto 10,000 feet and was close to Surat when pilots decided to return to Mumbai after the incident on Thursday.
A Jet Airways official said, "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose." The airline said it will arrange alternate flights for the passengers. It also said that the cabin crew has been taken off scheduled duty pending investigation.