Thursday, 20 September 2018

Jet Airways 737 turns back after crew allegedly forget to presurise the cabin

A Jet Airways Boeing 737, registration VT-JGS, operating flight 9W697 from Mumbai to Jaipur was forced to return to the airport after nearly 30 passengers started having ear and nose bleeds due to a pressure deficiency in the cabin.

According to financially troubled Jet Airways the aircraft had 166 passengers and 5 crew members on board at the time of the incident on Thursday. In a brief statement issued via social media, the airline claimed the aircraft turned back due to 'a loss of cabin pressure' and that the affected aircraft 'landed normally in Mumbai. All guests were deplaned safely and taken to the terminal. First aid was administered to few guests who complained of ear pain, bleeding nose etc.'

Jet Airways, part-owned by Etihad Airways, said the flight crew had been taken off flying duties while an investigation is ongoing.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)  it is believed the flight deck crew forgot to pressurise the passenger cabin, "During climb, crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained, and oxygen masks got deployed," an official told local media news 18

The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry reports that it has requested the DGCA to file a report on the issue, while apparently, officials at Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau indicated that initial investigations pinpointed towards a case of negligence by the pilots for not activating the bleed air switch. Some passengers have posted videos to social media showing oxygen masks hanging from the overhead panels and an eery calm in the cabin.