Monday, September 24, 2018

Jet Airways nosebleed: probe points to dual lapse

A preliminary report by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into the Jet Airways incident of cabin air pressure drop on-board a Jaipur-bound flight has indicated a lapse by on-ground maintenance check staff and the cockpit crew.

While the engineering staff on night shift are said to have left the switch in a wrong position, the pilots who arrived later failed to follow a check list, which could have possibly identified the ‘wrongly positioned switch’ and prevented the incident. Four Jet Airways staff — two pilots and two engineering staff — have been off-rostered from duty pending the DGCA investigation.

DGCA officials said the aircraft, a Boeing 737, had undergone a regular overnight maintenance check in Mumbai. “It was found that the engineering staff had left the switch in off position. The pilots later did not put it back in position as it remained untouched. Hence, it appears to be a case of a lapse at two levels,” an official said.

On September 20, VT-JGS, an 11-year-old aircraft, operating as flight 9W 697, was flying to Jaipur from Mumbai when nearly 30 passengers suffered nosebleed and many complained of headache during takeoff.
24/09/18 Aditya Anand/The Hindu