An official at the DGCA told the Press Trust of India: "During the climb, the crew forgot to select a switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained. One passenger came running from the back asking everyone to put on the masks", he told the NDTV news network.
The Centre on Thursday directed the Directorate of Civil Aviation to prepare a safety audit plan within 30 days involving assessment of safety parameters of airlines, airports, flying training schools and companies carrying out maintenance, fix and overhaul of aircraft, ANI reported.
PhD scholar worries about loss of hearing After finishing his research assignment at University of Aveiro in Portugal, Mukesh Sharma was looking forward to meeting his family in Ajmer. "Several others complained of extreme pain in their ears".
The flight has to return to Mumbai. Flight returns back to Mumbai after 45 minutes.
Air inside a plane flying at cruising altitude (about 36,000 feet above sea level) is usually pressurised to simulate conditions at about 8,000 feet, a healthy level although still high enough to inhibit the rate at which oxygen is carried in the blood.
The crew acted "unprofessionally" and the staff on the ground was "clueless" as to what happened, another unlucky traveler said. Medical help was given to 30 passengers.
According to two senior pilots and regulatory officials, Thursday's incident could be due to human negligence as checking cabin pressure is part of standard checks carried out before operation of a flight.
He figured that about five minutes had passed since take-off, and now he found it hard to breath.
Darshak Hathi, another passenger, said, "I had severe headache due to the low cabin pressure".
Ankur Kala, who suffered nasal bleeding in the incident, alleged that the flight crew members were like "trainees" who did not know how to handle the situation. It was only after some time that they declared that there was a cabin pressure fault.
"She was panicking", he said. The Boeing 737 aircraft returned to Mumbai. "Thirty out of 166 passengers experienced nose and ear bleeding, some also complained of headache", Lalit Gupta, deputy director general, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), said.
As Jet Airways Flight 9W697 took off from Mumbai on Thursday, something terrifying quickly became clear: The cabin was not properly pressurized.
"We regret the inconvenience caused to our guests", a statement read. The rest of us were stranded on the baggage claim area with no designated space for us to go to.