Pilots forget to pressurise cabin, causing passengers to bleed

A Jet Airways flight returned to Mumbai on Thursday after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeding due to the loss in cabin pressure

The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back due to loss in cabin pressure on Thursday, the airline said, with travellers describing "panic" on board.

Shortly after takeoff, the flight crew forgot to switch on the cabin pressure system and oxygen masks were deployed, according to India's civil aviation regulator.

Chief Operating Officer of Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital Rajendra Patankar said preliminary tests showed the five passengers suffered barotrauma of ear, which is caused due to a change in air pressure.

In a statement, Jet Airways concedes the plane had to return to Mumbai "due to loss in cabin pressure" and that it "regretted" the incident, per the BBC.

The airline organised alternative flights for a number of passengers, but some are still left shocked by the ordeal. "Many oxygen masks were not working".

He said he and other passengers had since boarded another flight that was about to depart around 11.00 a.m. local time.

A Jet Airways flight was forced to make an emergency landing after its pilots failed to pressurize the jet after take off. "First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc", the statement said.

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The plane was carrying 166 passengers and five crew members.

Meanwhile the airline has taken the cockpit crew off duty and initiated an inquiry into the incident.

An investigation has been launched to look into how the error occurred, while the crew have been taken from their current duties.

Sources told India Today TV that during take-off, the Jet Airways crew forgot to activate what is known as the "bleed switch".

According to the NDTV, as soon as the pressure in the Jet Airways flight dropped, the oxygen mask came down and some passengers started to feel dizzy, and some complained about a headache.

Passengers on board took to social media to share their shocking experience and frustration. Passengers aboard the flight claim there were no announcements made and there were no staff to help with the situation.

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