Airline passengers suffer nasal, ear bleeding mid-flight as crew FORGETS to maintain cabin pressure

Around 166 passengers were onboard a Boeing 737 flight from Mumbai to Jaipur, and when the plane reached an atitude of 11,000ft, the pressure inside the aircraft began to drop.


                            Airline passengers suffer nasal, ear bleeding mid-flight as crew FORGETS to maintain cabin pressure

Dozens of passengers onboard a Jet Airways flight in India are reportedly suffering ear pain and nosebleeds after the flight crew forgot to maintain cabin pressure on the aircraft.

Reports state that around 166 passengers were onboard a Boeing 737 flight from Mumbai to Jaipur, and when the plane reached an altitude of 11,000ft, the pressure inside the aircraft began to drop, leaving multiple passengers bleeding from their nose and ears. 



 

With nearly 30 passengers needing medical assistance, the flight was forced to return to a Mumbai airport. The crew of five meanwhile assisted the passengers with their air masks which were deployed to compensate the cabin pressure drop in the plane.



 

A drop in a flight's cabin pressure can lead to a reduced amount of oxygen flow in the lungs and bloodstream and can lead to hypoxia. Reports state that none of the passengers have been seriously injured in the incident. 

Witnesses onboard recounted the incident saying that many of them started complaining of difficulty in breathing and severe headaches as the plane climbed, and shortly after it reached a certain height, many of them began bleeding from their ears and nose, according to reports.



 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation's office released a statement explaining the incident and said, "During the climb, the crew forgot to select a bleed switch due to which cabin pressurization could not be maintained."

"Out of 166 passengers on board, 30 passengers are affected... some have nose bleeding, few have ear bleeding and some are complaining of a headache," he added.

One of the passengers on the flight, Darshak Hath, said that there had also been some issues with the flight's air conditioning system ever since it took off from Mumbai. An official was quoted as saying that the malfunctioning occurred during the plane's climb, according to news agency Press Trust of India.

Jet Airways also released a statement, saying that the cockpit crew has been taken off its scheduled duties pending an investigation. The airways reportedly made alternative travel arrangements for the affected passengers.