Traveling can be an exciting adventure. The idea of ending up in a destination you have never seen is thrilling and invigorating.
Some people enjoy the plane rides over mountains, oceans and through cloudy skies.
But if you don’t like plane rides, it can be one rough journey sitting in a passenger seat for hours on end.
There are many factors of a plane ride that you have to potentially be prepared for before you board the plane — turbulence, storms or unexpected passenger situations like screaming babies or medical emergencies.
But when the flight attendants demonstrate or show a video about emergency procedures — like what to do with an oxygen mask and how to apply it — no one actually thinks they will need those oxygen masks. The chances are just usually quite slim.
However, a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Jaipur Thursday had to turn back for an emergency landing when 30 of the 166 passengers experienced nosebleeds and ear bleeds.
@jetairways Flight 9W 697 made an emergency landing back in Mumbai. Airplane lost pressure immediately after taking off…scores of passengers including me bleeding from nose….no staff to help…no announcement on board to wear the oxygen mask.passengersafety completelyignored pic.twitter.com/vO9O95aMCP
— Satish Nair (@satishnairk) September 20, 2018
“The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai,” Jet Airways said in a statement. “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.”
Please refer to our official statement: pic.twitter.com/oCC77WVvfI
— Jet Airways (@jetairways) September 20, 2018
An official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation reported that the flight crew apparently forgot to turn on a button to increase the pressure in the plane.
“During climb, crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurization could not be maintained, and oxygen masks got deployed,” the official said.
When a change of pressure occurs in the airplane cabin, oxygen masks automatically deploy, which was evidenced in videos taken by passengers on the plane.
— Darshak Hathi (@DarshakHathi) September 20, 2018
One passenger named Joel D’Souza said, “I took off my oxygen mask for one second and felt so stuffy and hot in the cabin. There was no announcement by the crew and nobody knew what to do.”
As airplanes ascend into higher altitudes, the pressure is weaker, and the air is thinner. Thin, dry air can cause nose and ear bleeds.
For now, Jet Airways has reported that the flight crew’s duties were suspended during the investigation.
Thankfully, passengers received the necessary medical care and made it back to ground safely.
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