4 fly­ers on Mus­cat-In­dia flight suf­fer nose bleed

Plane makes emer­gency land­ing in U’khand af­ter ‘door opens mid-air’

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - @times­group.com Prem Punetha

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.

AI Ex­press CEO K Shyam Sun­dar told TOI: “Air- The

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.”

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