STRANGE BUT TRUE
A JET Airways flight in India, travelling from Mumbai to Jaipur, had to return to Mumbai for an emergency landing after just 45 minutes in the air.
The pilots reportedly “forgot” to flick the switch that stabilises cabin pressure and, as a result, multiple passengers bled from their ears and nose.
“The 9W 697 Mumbai-Jaipur flight was turned back to Mumbai after take off as, during the climb, crew forgot to select switch to maintain cabin pressure. This resulted in the oxygen masks dropping,” said Lalit Gupta, deputy director general with the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
“Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache.”
The Boeing 737 landed safely early Thursday at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.
The airline released a Saturday statement saying five passengers “were referred to a hospital for additional medical check-up,” but no one was seriously injured.