Tragic Turbulence: One Passenger Dead, Several Injured on UK Flight to Singapore


Tragic Turbulence: One Passenger Dead, Several Injured on UK Flight to Singapore

Today, a flight from London to Singapore experienced extreme turbulence, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuries to others, prompting an emergency landing in Thailand.

The incident occurred on a Boeing 777 operated by Singapore Airlines, which departed the UK at 22:17 local time on Monday, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members. The flight, designated SQ321, encountered severe turbulence as it entered airspace affected by intense tropical thunderstorms.

The aircraft, registered as 9V-SWM, was forced to divert to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, where it safely landed at 15:45 local time, according to an announcement on the airline’s Facebook page. The flight had originally been scheduled to arrive at Singapore Changi Airport at 18:10 local time.

During a terrifying incident on a flight from Heathrow to Singapore, passengers were thrown into the air due to a sudden drop of the aircraft, resulting in severe injuries for those not wearing seatbelts, including head lacerations and bleeding ears.

"The seatbelt sign came on, I immediately buckled up, and then the plane just dropped," Mr. Davies recounted on X, describing the horrific event. He mentioned that a flight attendant, with 30 years of experience, told him it was the worst turbulence she had ever encountered.

Mr. Davies reported that 'many people,' including the air stewards, were injured. He praised the crew for their stoic demeanor and their efforts to assist everyone despite their own injuries.

Following the ordeal, Mr. Davies and other uninjured passengers were taken to a holding area at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, where the plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

Singapore Airlines confirmed 30 passengers are in hospital after flight SQ321 encountered extreme turbulence during a flight from London to Singapore in a Facebook post

"Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered severe turbulence en-route. The aircraft diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545hrs local time.
We can confirm that there are multiple injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
As of 1950hrs Singapore time on 21 May 2024, 18 individuals have been hospitalised. Another 12 are being treated in hospitals. The remaining passengers and crew are being examined and given treatment, where necessary, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.
There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.
Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. We deeply apologise for the traumatic experience that our passengers and crew members suffered on this flight. We are providing all necessary assistance during this difficult time.
We are working with our colleagues and the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary assistance.
A Singapore Airlines team is on the way to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed.
The airline has set up a hotline for relatives seeking information at +65 6542 3311."

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