Pilots forget to pressurise cabin, causing passengers to bleed

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On August 25, a Jet Airways Boeing 777 flight which was taxiing for take off for London from Delhi reportedly came to a sudden halt as the pilot did not have the ATC clearance.

"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.

"The B737 aircraft, with 166 guests and 5 crew landed normally in Mumbai", Jet Airways said in a statement.

This led to an imbalance in the cabin pressure and oxygen masks were deployed with which most passengers breathed.

The Jet Airways flight to Jaipur had to turn back as the alarming symptoms became apparent, the airline said, with one traveller describing "panic" on board.

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The flight had been bound for Jaipur, a popular tourist destination in northern India.

Others posted videos from the cabin, showing passengers sitting quietly and breathing through oxygen masks.

Taking cognisance of the matter, the MoCA said that the crew members who were on duty for the particular flight are being de-rostered on account of the incident. Medical help was given to 30 passengers. "There was no announcement (related to the problem) from the crew".

The unbundle plan covers the "Economy Light" and "Economy Deal" categories in the domestic sector, the airline said, adding, however, flyers will continue to get free beverages, including tea and coffee.

This comes at a somewhat tense moment for the airline - according to Reuters, it is "struggling to cut costs and embroiled in a pay dispute with pilots". "Jet Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests". That flight landed safety, the broadcaster added.