More than two dozen passengers on a flight operated by India's biggest full-service carrier, Jet Airways, were treated for minor injuries on Thursday after their plane lost cabin pressure and was forced to turn back, aviation authorities said.
One passenger said the flight was on the runway since 20 minutes without any ventilation and total suffocation, and "don't know if will make it".
He added that oxygen masks were deployed and affected passengers were attended to by doctors at the airport.
Aircraft cabins are pressurized to replicate conditions that our bodies are used to on the ground. "First aid was administered to guests who complained of bleeding nose etc". But they faced a similar situation as the cockpit crew "forgot" to control cabin pressure. The impact of the incident has left at least five passengers tempororily deaf as they suffered barotrauma, caused by difference in air pressure.
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One passenger Satish Nair said he suffered a nose bleed but complained that "passenger safety (was) completely ignored".
Sources told India Today TV that during take-off, the Jet Airways crew forgot to activate what is known as the "bleed switch". There were 166 passengers on board.
Meanwhile the airline has taken the cockpit crew off duty and initiated an inquiry into the incident.
Citing initial information, the official said few passengers have nose bleeding. The pressure was so high that we were covering our ears and holding the oxygen mask with our hands but it was still intolerable.
According to a tweet on ANI, the plane had to be turned back to Mumbai mid-air after take off. "He said that corrective action should be taken on the deficiencies found out, if any, during such audit", Prabhu's office said.
The passenger had also allegedly threatened to "share" the video of the flight.