Video shared by Twitter user shows passengers using oxygen masks on air.
A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur turned back mid-way after 166 passengers suffered nasal and ear bleeding. The crew forgot to select a switch that helps maintain cabin air pressure during take-off.
According to an official, oxygen masks got deployed mid-air.
Initial reports suggest, 30 passengers on board suffered nose bleeding. Others complained of headache. All the affected passengers are being attended to by doctors at the airport.
Here are the Highlights on Jet Flight 9W 697 :
As per their preliminary examination by ENT doctors, the five passengers suffered "barotrauma" of ear, which is caused due to a change in air pressure, said Rajendra Patankar, chief operating officer of Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital.
The Minister has also directed that the audit should be commenced immediately and the report to be submitted for his perusal within 30 days.
Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed DGCA to prepare safety audit plan involving assessment of safety parameters of airlines, aerodromes, flying training schools, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MROs) immediately.
Jet Airways Flight: "Horror In The Air" - Passengers Share Account of Mid-Air Scare on Jet Flight
Passengers tweeted about "horror in the air" after a Jet Airways flight was forced to return shortly after take-off from Mumbai today because of a sharp drop in cabin pressure, which caused headache and nose-bleed. According to reports, the crew "forgot" to turn on a switch that controls cabin pressure mid-air. The aviation ministry has ordered a report on the alleged error and the crew has been taken off the roster pending an investigation.
One male passenger has been taken to Balabhai Nanavati Hospital in suburban Vile Parle by Jet Airways officials.
Passenger tweets saying that Jet Airways 9W 697 take off has been delayed by 20 minutes.
Visuals from Mumbai-Jaipur flight after being deplaned due to loss of cabin pressure.
People took to Twitter to criticise the airline for it's negligence.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has requested Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to file a report on the incident immediately.
News agency ANI tweeted a video showing inside visuals when the oxygen masks were deployed.
The airline is now scheduled to take off from Mumbai for Jaipur at 10.15 AM.
According to a Jet Airways spokesperson, "The flight's cockpit crew has been taken off scheduled duties pending investigation. The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight."
The passengers of Jet Flight 9W 697 are currently being treated at the Mumbai airport.