Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

Air pressure mix-up causes mass bleeding on Indian flight

The Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back after passengers experienced symptoms, including bleeding from their ears and noses.

"Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of a headache", informed news agency ANI. "All the affected passengers are being attended to by the doctors at the airport", a DGCA official said.

The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back as the alarming symptoms became apparent, the airline said, with one traveller describing "panic" on board. Oxygen masks had to be deployed to help the passengers breathe normally.

The aviation ministry has ordered a report on the alleged error and the crew has been taken off the roster pending an investigation.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, which regulates civil aviation in India, has taken both pilots off duty.

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They were being treated at the Mumbai airport.

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.

According to Flightradar24 aviation tracking site, the plane stopped climbing at 11,000 feet (3,350 meters) before returning to Mumbai. "All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal". As many as 30 passengers said they suffered from nose-bleed.

Chief Operating Officer of the hospital Rajendra Patankar said preliminary tests showed the five passengers suffered barotrauma of ear, which is caused due to a change in air pressure. The patients underwent audiometry tests and other investigations. "The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight", the statement read further.

The flight was later scheduled to take off at 10.15 am for Jaipur.

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