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Jet Airways flight returns to Mumbai after passengers nosebleeds

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MUMBAI — A Jet Airways flight en route Jaipur was turned back to Mumbai mid-air on Thursday morning after passengers suffered ear and nose bleeds as well as headaches due to low cabin pressure.

Reports suggest the crew on flight 9W 697 forgot to select a switch that helps maintain cabin air pressure during take-off.

The flight 9W 697 had to turn back and return to Mumbai after 45 minutes so that the affected passengers could be attended to, according to news agency ANI.

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At least 30 passengers have suffered nose and ear bleeding, while others complained of headache. They were being treated at the Mumbai airport.

The crew member has been taken off duty and Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has initiated an investigation, according to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Jet Airways, in a statement, expressed regret and said its cockpit crew had been “taken off scheduled duties pending investigations”. The Civil Aviation ministry has asked aviation regulator DGCA for a report on the incident.

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32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks, Indonesian police say

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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA- Security forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.

Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed on Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district.

Citing reports from several witnesses, Diaz said, eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them. However the eighth managed to escape and remains missing.

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“This is the worst attack launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.

Separately, Papua province military spokesman Lt. Col. Dax Sianturi said an armed group attacked a military post in Mbua village in the same district late Monday, killing a soldier and injuring another.

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