One dead, at least 30+ injured in turbulence on Singapore flight, emergency landing in Bangkok

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21st May 2024 – (Singapore) A Singapore Airlines flight en route from London to Singapore was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok following severe in-flight turbulence. The incident resulted in the death of one British passenger and injuries to at least 30 others, according to airline officials and local news reports.

The Boeing 777, which departed from London at 10.17pm local time on Monday, encountered unexpected severe turbulence as it flew through a region experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms. The violent disturbances prompted the crew to request an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, where the aircraft touched down shortly before 4pm local time on Tuesday.

Ambulances and medical personnel were seen on the tarmac, ready to assist the injured passengers as they disembarked. The interior of the aircraft bore the marks of the severe turbulence, with food and utensils scattered across the aisles, illustrating the intensity of the event.

The flight, designated SQ321, was initially scheduled to arrive at Singapore’s Changi Airport at 6.10pm local time. However, the unforeseen circumstances necessitated the diversion to Bangkok, disrupting the travel plans of many and casting a sombre mood over the flight’s remaining passengers and crew.

Singapore Airlines confirmed the emergency landing in a Facebook statement.

This incident marks a serious occurrence for Singapore Airlines, a carrier known for its high safety standards. The airline has initiated a thorough investigation into the incident and is cooperating with aviation authorities to determine the precise cause of the turbulence and to evaluate potential measures to prevent such incidents in the future.

The names of the deceased and injured have not been released as officials are in the process of notifying next of kin. The airline has pledged to provide all necessary support to those affected by this tragic event.