Jet Airways passengers suffer nose bleeding; Aviation ministry asks report

Jet Airways passengers suffer nose bleeding; Aviation ministry asks report

In an unprecedented development in Indian aviation history, at least 30 passengers of the early Thursday morning Jet Airways flight suffered nasal and ear bleeding due to low cabin pressure after the cockpit crew reportedly failed to activate what is called a "bleed switch" before take-off. Subsequently, first aid was administered to the passengers who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc, a spokesperson of the airline said.

Jet Airways authority confirmed the incident in a statement saying that pilots have been suspended following a pending investigation.

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.

All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport.

The crew has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has started an investigation into the incident.

The Mumbai-Jaipur flight was carrying 166 passengers and five crew members on board.

Mumbai-based Jet Airways, which reported its biggest quarterly loss since 2015, is seeking to raise funds and pare debt as part of a turnaround plan it announced in August.

This resulted in the Boeing 737 aircraft, with 141 passengers on board, exceeding the the taxiway on to the unpaved area and ending up close to the exit of the taxiway. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight", he said in a statement.

Others posted videos from the cabin, showing passengers sitting quietly and breathing through oxygen masks.

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