4 flyers on Muscat-India flight suffer nose bleed
Plane makes emergency landing in U’khand after ‘door opens mid-air’
New Delhi: Four passengers onboard Air India Express’ Muscat-Calicut flight on Sunday had nose bleeding and some others felt ear pain as the aircraft suffered a cabin pressure snag soon after getting airborne. As soon as the Boeing 737 (VT-AXW) with over 180 passengers had this issue, the pilots stopped further climb and returned to land safely at Muscat within half an hour of take off. The airline has reported this to the DGCA which has launched a probe.
AI Express Flight IX 350 took off from Muscat at 3.19am (local time) on Sunday. At about 12,000 feet the Boeing 737’s the cabin pressure system had a snag. Passengers started experiencing discomfort, with four getting nose bleeds and others complaining of ear pain. The pilots immediately returned to land safely in Muscat.
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Pantnagar-Pithoragarh flight made an emergency landing at Pantnagar airport just five minutes after take-off on Saturday afternoon. While officials claimed that the sudden landing was due to a technical snag, passengers on-board the aircraft said that the door of the plane opened mid-air creating panic among the passengers. Lokesh Bora, a passenger, told “Just five minutes after the take-off around noon, the door of the aircraft suddenly burst open and air started gushing in. All of us were panic stricken. There were two children on-board who started crying profusely. I have taken so many flights but have never faced such a situation in my life.” Pantnagar airport director SK Singh said, “The aircraft operated by Heritage Aviation made an emergency landing on Saturday due to some technical problem.” He, however, denied claims of the aircraft door opening mid-air.
craft returned (safely) to bay due to (cabin) pressurisation problem. Passengers were treated by the airport doctor. Few others became alright after the landing.”