Indian Authorities Say Flight Crew Forgot To Pressurize Airplane Cabin

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Date: October 1st, 2018

Category: Nutty News

forgotAs Jet Airways Flight 9W697 took off from Mumbai on Thursday, something terrifying quickly became clear: The cabin was not properly pressurized.

Oxygen masks dropped from the cabin’s ceiling. “Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding [and] some also complained of headache,” an official with India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation said, according to the Hindustan Times.

The flight turned back “due to loss in cabin pressure,” according to a statement from the Indian international airline.

But as the Hindustan Times reported, the country’s civil aviation regulator stated that this happened because, “during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure.”

Jet Airways says the cockpit crew ”has been taken off scheduled duties pending investigation.” The Times reported that India’s Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has launched a probe into the incident, and the airline said it is “extending full cooperation.”

The flight had been bound for Jaipur, a popular tourist destination in northern India.

“I was sitting on an aisle seat when suddenly air pressure in the cabin dropped and oxygen masks came down,” passenger Prashant Sharma told India’s PTI news agency. “I saw a passenger sitting next to me bleeding from the nose. Several others complained of extreme pain in their ears.”

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