Passengers suffer nose, ear bleeds on Jet Airways flight

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Dr Rajendra Patankar, COO, Nanavati Hospital, said they received five patients from the airport between 11 and 12pm. The official said that crew forgot to select bleed switch due to which cabin pressurisation could not be maintained.

Jet Airways confirmed the incident in a statement saying that the pilots have been taken off duty pending an investigation. "The airline is making alternative flight arrangements for guests on this flight", he said in a statement.

A passenger said that there were no warnings or instructions even as the oxygen masks were deployed. "I told my co-passengers that I am bleeding and waved to the air hostess, but she told me to remain seated and that all is normal", Kala said.

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Video from inside the eerily calm cabin shows the oxygen masks being deployed and passengers slowly putting them on. "Many oxygen masks were not working".

Five travellers, who suffered bleeding and were rushed to a Mumbai hospital, were suffering from mild deafness that would take some 10 days to recover, a doctor told reporters. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked for a report ASAP from its investigatory arm, Al Jazeera reports.

"In view of the incidents reported related to the safety of the passengers, Suresh Prabhu has directed concerned officials to prepare a comprehensive safety audit plan which involves assessment of safety parameters of all scheduled airlines, airports, flying training schools and MROs (companies doing maintenance, fix and overhaul of aircraft) immediately".

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A total of 171 people were on board the plane, including 166 passengers and 5 crew members. It went on to add that the plane landed normally as guests "deplaned safely" and taken to terminal. Minister of civil aviation Suresh Prabhu has instituted an investigation into the incident by the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau.

"Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests", it added.

Sharing the ordeal Mr. Hathi said, "As soon as the flight took off, we started felling restless".

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