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Jet Airways: Passengers hurt as pilots 'forget' cabin pressure

  • Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off.
    The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely. Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off.
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More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots 'forgot' to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said.

Pilots Forget to Pressurize Cabin, Causing Some Flyers to Bleed. 

Jet Airways flight 9W 697 from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back shortly after take off.

Videos tweeted by passengers aboard the plane showed oxygen masks deployed inside the aircraft.

The Boeing 737, which was carrying 166 passengers, landed safely.

The aviation ministry has said the cockpit crew has been taken off duty pending investigation.

Lalit Gupta, a senior official of India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), told the Hindustan Times newspaper that the crew had forgotten to select a switch to maintain cabin pressure.

Jet Airways said in a statement that Thursday morning's flight had turned back "due to loss in cabin pressure" and "regretted" the inconvenience caused to its passengers.

"The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai. 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," the statement said.

Passenger Darshak Hathi tweeted a video of the interior of the cabin as air pressure dropped and oxygen masks came down.