A cockpit mix-up left more than 30
passengers on an Indian plane bleeding from their ears and noses Thursday
after the crew forgot to flick a switch regulating cabin air pressure.
The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back as the alarming symptoms
became apparent, the airline said, with one traveller describing panic on
The plane carrying 166 passengers landed back in Mumbai and those affected
were given medical attention while alternative flights were arranged, Jet
The flight crew has been taken off scheduled duties pending
investigation, the company said in a statement.
People on board posted photos and videos of the calamity online, with one
purported passenger, Darshak Hathi, uploading footage on Twitter showing
travellers using oxygen masks.
Panic situation due to technical fault in @jetairways 9W 0697 going from
Mumbai to Jaipur, he tweeted.
Flt return back to Mumbai after 45 mts. All passengers are safe including
me, he added.
India's Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a tweet it had sought an
immediate report from official agencies.
The incident is the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for the
airline, which like other Indian carriers has been suffering financially.
In January, two Jet Airways pilots were grounded for getting into a brawl
and storming out of the cockpit briefly during a New Year's Day flight from
London to Mumbai.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)