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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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Russian rocket fails in the mid air, crew lands safely

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COSMODROME—Booster rocket carrying a Soyuz spacecraft with a Russian and US astronaut on board headed for the International Space Station failed in mid-air on Thursday, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing.

U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without any harm.

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Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, quoted by Interfax, said the problem occurred when the first and second stages of the booster rocket were in the process of separating.

The rocket was launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Reuters reporter who observed the launch from around 1 km away said that it had gone smoothly in its initial stage.

“Search and rescue teams are in the air and heading towards the expected touchdown location for the Soyuz spacecraft returning to Earth carrying two crew members,” NASA said in a statement.

 

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