30 passengers fall sick on India flight due to pressure problem

Jet Airways plane carrying 166 passengers landed back in Mumbai

Jet Airways plane carrying 166 passengers landed back in Mumbai

Meanwhile, taking cognisance of the incident, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has requested Directorate General of Civil Aviation to file its report immediately on the issue, the sources added.

Pilots operating a Jet Airways India flight on Thursday forgot to turn on a switch that maintains optimal pressure in the cabin during ascent, causing injuries to some passengers.

In August 2005, a Helios Airways flight from Cyprus to Athens had suffered a loss in cabin pressure which immobilized the crew, the plane flew on autopilot till the fuel ran out and it crashed, killed all 121 passengers and the crew on board. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc".

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Earlier, the DGCA, in a statement, said that the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation into the matter.

In a statement, Jet Airways expressed regret and said its cockpit crew had been "taken off scheduled duties pending investigations".

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The flight took off for Jaipur from Mumbai at 10.15 am.

Oxygen masks were deployed during the emergency aboard the Boeing 737, said Darshak Hathi, a passenger. "I saw a passenger sitting next to me bleeding from the nose".

Adding further, he said, "The flight landed at Mumbai airport after an hour and we were told that we will be shifted to a different flight".

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