A Jet Airways flight carrying around 270 passengers from Mumbai to Bangkok on Tuesday was diverted to Yangon after the cabin pressure fell mid-air.
The incident sparked off some panic on board as oxygen masks dropped down from the overhead cabins above every passenger’s seat.
According to the aviation safety regulator’s preliminary report, the aircraft experienced turbulence while cruising at 35,000 feet, approximately 470 nautical miles away from the Thai capital city. “The cockpit crew descended to 31,000 feet soon after the fall in pressure but a subsequent technical mid-air glitch made the flight risky,” said a senior air safety official with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Following prescribed safety protocols, the flight made further descent and landed in Yangon, the official added. A Jet Airways spokesperson confirmed the incident.
“Jet Airways flight 9W 070 from Mumbai to Bangkok was diverted to Yangon on January 5, 2016 due to technical reasons. The aircraft landed safely at 1410 hrs local time in Yangon. All guests were transferred to the airport terminal where they were served refreshments and looked after,” said the spokesperson. A relief flight from Delhi to Yangon was commissioned, allowing passengers to complete their journey to Bangkok. The airline however had to cancel its flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City owing to the diversion but instead made alternate travel arrangements for those travelling on that route.