Passengers on the Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur had to suffer a nightmarish situation when the cabin pressure suddenly dropped mid-air.
More than 30 passengers felt dizzy, suffered nosebleeds and headaches. According to reports, the crew forgot to flick a switch that helps regulate cabin air pressure causing injury to passengers.
During a climb, the crew forgot to switch on the ‘Bleed Switch’ due to which cabin’s pressure could not be maintained. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed.
The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai due to “loss of cabin pressure”. The pilots have been taken off duty and are pending investigation.
There were 166 passengers and 5 crew members on board flight 9W 697. Of these, 144 passengers of the original flight travelled to Jaipur via an alternative flight of Jet Airways, while the other 17 refused to travel with them.
Five guests, who were referred to a hospital for additional medical check-up accompanied by the Jet Airways’ Care team, have since been released following a medical examination.
Why Cabin Pressure Matters
When at higher altitudes, it is important to maintain certain parameters within the cabin for passenger comfort. These include temperature, humidity, air circulation and cabin pressure.
The human body cannot endure an environment above certain altitudes and start reacting above 10,000 ft. It leads to various effects. Gases in the ear, sinuses and digestive tracts start to expand, causing bleeding from the ears and nose.
If cabin pressure is not stabilized it can cause catastrophic damage to the human body. Thankfully, all passengers are free from harm and are safe.
The airline will continue to offer necessary medical care and attention to the concerned guests as required. Jet Airways is also extending full cooperation to the Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for the ongoing investigation of the event.