58 patients involved in severe turbulence on Singapore Airlines flight still receiving medical treatment in Bangkok hospitals

Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital

23rd May 2024 – (Bangkok) Nearly 60 individuals, including five Singaporeans and one Hong Kong citizen, are currently undergoing medical treatment in three hospitals in Bangkok, as confirmed by Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in a statement on Wednesday. Out of these patients, 20 are in intensive care units (ICU) across two hospitals, while the remaining 38 are receiving in-patient care.

The injuries were sustained during a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight that encountered severe turbulence on its journey from London to Singapore. The plane made an emergency landing in Bangkok due to a medical emergency declaration. Among the patients, two of the five Singaporeans are in the ICU.

The 58 patients have been distributed among three hospitals: 41 in Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, 15 in Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, and two in Bangkok Hospital. As of 1 pm on Wednesday, 27 patients have been discharged. Singapore Airlines stated that five passengers from flight SQ321 will return to Singapore on Wednesday, while one crew member is scheduled to fly back on Thursday.

Singapore Airlines reported that 74 passengers and six crew members remain in Bangkok, including the families and loved ones of those receiving medical care.

At Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, nine patients underwent successful surgery on Tuesday, with five more expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday. The hospital, located approximately 20 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport, is part of the Samitivej private healthcare group, which operates seven hospitals in Thailand.

Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, situated in eastern Bangkok near Suvarnabhumi International Airport, has 400 beds and offers a wide range of medical services for both Thai and foreign nationals. The hospital’s website highlights its ability to quickly transfer patients from the hospital to the airport when necessary.

Additionally, nine Malaysians are currently receiving medical attention. At Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, one patient is in the ICU, while two are in the in-patient department. At Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, five patients are in the ICU, and one is in the in-patient department. The Malaysian embassy confirmed that these patients, ranging from 31 to 65 years old, are being treated for head, neck, and spinal injuries. The embassy official stated that none of the patients are in life-threatening conditions, and one elderly female passenger is currently unconscious.