Singapore Airlines flight returns to base after turbulence tragedy

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26th May 2024 – (Singapore) A Singapore Airlines aircraft that was involved in a severe turbulence incident, resulting in the death of a passenger and injuries to dozens, has safely returned to Singapore. The flight, originally travelling from London to Singapore, had to make an emergency landing in Bangkok last Tuesday following the encounter with sudden and extreme turbulence over Myanmar.

The deceased, a 73-year-old British man, reportedly suffered a suspected heart attack during the incident. The aircraft, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, was diverted to Bangkok where it made an emergency stop. According to reports from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in Bangkok, 41 passengers remain hospitalized, with five in intensive care, including three Australians, one British, and one New Zealander.

After obtaining the necessary clearances from aviation and safety authorities in Singapore and Thailand, as well as from the aircraft manufacturer, the plane was deemed safe for travel and made its journey back to Singapore. Flight SQ9071 departed Bangkok early Sunday morning and arrived in Singapore shortly before 6 AM GMT, as confirmed by flight tracking service Flightradar24.