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Plane Passengers Left Bleeding from Noses and Ears After Flight Crew's Dangerous Mistake

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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.

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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.

“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.”

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.

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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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Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Erin Shortall is an editorial intern for The Western Journal. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree at Grove City College. She has a major in English, minors in both Writing and Communication Studies, and a Technical Writing concentration. She is currently working on designing and writing a book of poetry to financially support a new homeless ministry of Grove City, PA called Beloved Mercy Ministry. In her spare time, she loves to sing, play piano, exercise, traverse cities, and find the cutest coffee shops. She also has a passion for homeless ministry in her home city of Philadelphia, PA.
Birthplace
Philadelphia, PA
Honors/Awards
Scholarship of Academic Achievement and Moral Character
Education
Grove City College
Location
Grove City, PA
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
Visual Design, Document Design, Technical Communication, Literature, Computer Ethics




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