Jet Airways passengers suffer ear and nose BLEEDING after pilot error

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More than 30 Indian passengers, some bleeding from their noses and ears, have received treatment after pilots "forgot" to turn on a switch regulating cabin pressure, officials said.

Alternative flight arrangements were made for the travellers, the company said.

The Boeing 737 aircraft has returned to Mumbai.

Hathi also said there was a problem with the plane's air conditioning after it took off from Mumbai. According to DNA sources, 30 passengers had nose bleeding.

Jet Airways flight number 9W 0697 was turned back to Mumbai after half of the passengers on board experienced bleeding from their noses and ears.

The Mumbai-Jaipur flight 9W 697 had 5 crew members on board, along with 166 passengers. All guests were deplaned safely.

He said he and other passengers had since boarded another flight that was about to depart around 11am local time.

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Chief Operating Officer of Dr Balabhai Nanavati Hospital Rajendra Patankar said preliminary tests showed the five passengers suffered barotrauma of ear, which is caused due to a change in air pressure. Taking cognizance of the nightmarish incident, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has directed the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau to investigate the incident.

Mumbai-based Jet Airways, which reported its biggest quarterly loss since 2015, is seeking to raise funds and pare debt as part of a turnaround plan it announced in August.

Passengers on the plane took to social media to complain about the situation. As a result, oxygen masks got deployed.

Jet Airways have said they "regret" the incident. Nair claimed "the safety of passengers had been completely ignored" during the incident.

A video has emerged showing the crowd on the flight from Mumbai in western India to Jaipur in the north using oxygen masks that we all hope we never have to use while up in the air.

Meanwhile, civil aviation minister Suresh Prabhu has ordered the DGCA to conduct a comprehensive safety audit of all scheduled airlines, aerodromes, flying training schools and MROs immediately.