The loss of pressure was due to a manual glitch after the cabin crew did not put the bleed switch on to normalise pressure at higher altitude.
A day after a Jet Airways flight to Jaipur returned to Mumbai to make an emergency landingt after drop in cabin pressure led to several passengers suffering nose bleeding and other medical complications, one of the injured, Ankur Kala, continued to cough blood and suffer ear and head ache on Friday even after being discharged from hospital. Kala, 38, plans to register a police complaint against Jet Airways for negligence.
His brother Vikram said, “We plan to undergo a CT scan and MRI of brain. The low cabin pressure affected him a lot since he was travelling from Hong Kong and was in transit for over 24 hours without sleep.”
Kala arrived in Mumbai on Thursday from Hong Kong and and took the onward flight to Jaipur at 6.15 am.
He was one of the five admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai on Thursday after his nose started bleeding in the oxygen mask. Twenty-five others who suffered nose and ear bleeding were taken to Jaipur in the next flight.
The loss of pressure was due to a manual glitch after the cabin crew did not put the bleed switch on to normalise pressure at higher altitude. Those on board suffered barotrauma, a condition in which the ear pressure is different from outside air pressure.
Dr Amol Patil, ENT surgeon who treated the five at Nanavati Hospital, said, “It will take a few days for the patients to normalise. There was immense pressure on their ear drums, which we term as baro-otitis media. That led to bleeding. None of them is critical.”
Vashi resident Satish Nair, who was also in the flight, said he will wait for the probe report before taking a decision on filing a complaint against the airline.
Nair had complained against lack of medical facilities at Mumbai airport and the airline to assist passengers who suffered injuries. A senior Jet Airways official said passengers who suffered injuries will be duly compensated after the probe report is out.
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