STRANGE BUT TRUE

Central Telegraph - - NEWS / THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY -

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.

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