Monday, February 11, 2019

4 flyers on Muscat-India flight suffer nose bleed

New Delhi: Four passengers onboard Air India Express' Muscat-Calicut flight on Sunday had nose bleeding and some others felt ear pain as the aircraft suffered a cabin pressurisation snag soon after getting airborne. As soon as the Boeing 737 (VT-AXW) with over 180 passengers had this issue, the pilots stopped further climb and returned to land safely at Muscat within half an hour of take off. The airline has reported this to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which has launched a probe.

AI Express Flight IX 350 took off from Muscat at 3.19 am (local time) Sunday. During climb at about 12,000 feet the Boeing 737's cabin pressurisation system had a snag. Passengers started experiencing discomfort, with four having nose bleed and others complaining of ear pain. The pilots immediately stopped climbing further and returned to land safely in Muscat. The aircraft had 182 passengers, three infants and crew members on board.

AI Express CEO K Shyam Sundar told TOI: "Aircraft returned (safely) to bay due to (cabin) pressurization problem. Four passengers had nose bleeding. They were treated by the airport doctor and declared fit to travel. Few other passengers who had experienced discomfort and ear pain soon became alright after the aircraft landed and they were in the terminal building."

"Replacement crew and spares reached Muscat (on) Sunday morning Muscat and the aircraft after due rectification and verification departed from Muscat to Calicut at 2.15 pm (local time) with (all passengers)."
11/02/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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