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Sudden dropping of oxygen masks forces Jet flight to return

A Delhi-bound Jet Airways flight carrying 165 passengers and seven crew members onboard was forced to return here today after sudden dropping (rpt) dropping of oxygen masks in the first two rows of the plane.

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated a probe into the incident, which happened this morning, sources said.

The probe would look into the reasons for the incident on Jet Airways flight 9W-820, which could also be because of some maintenance issue, they said.

The aircraft remained airborne for almost twenty minutes before landing back at the Chennai airport at around 1030 hours, they said.

“The Oxygen masks came down from the ceiling panel above the seats in the two rows of the aircraft after some 20 minutes of take off, forcing the pilot to return the plane back to Chennai,” the sources said.

The oxygen masks drop when the cabin pressure goes down beyond a particular limit. But in today’s incident, this was not the case.

Jet Airways, in a statement said that the flight came back to Chennai without completing its journey due to accidental dropping of the oxygen masks.

“Flight 9W 820 from Chennai to Delhi made an air turn back due to accidental dropping of oxygen masks in two rows of seats and landed in Chennai,” the airline said.

The aircraft was changed and the flight departed for its destination later on, the statement added.