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London to Singapore flight diverts to Bangkok as ‘severe turbulence’ leaves one dead

One passenger has died and dozens injured after a Singapore Airlines flight from London was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok due to severe turbulence, local reports suggest.

The Boeing 777-300ER plane was en route to Singapore carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew when it made the emergency landing, the airline said in a statement.

Thai media reports said there were 30 injuries, while Singapore Airlines did not specify how many people were injured. An official at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport also confirmed one person had died but would not say how many had been wounded.

“We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance,” the airline said.

Video clips shared on social media by reporters at the scene showed emergency vehicles lined up at the airport.

Singapore Airlines has not suffered a fatality since October 2000, when a plane crashed on a closed runway during takeoff at Taiwan and 83 people died.

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Plane dropped 6,000 feet in three minutes, tracking data suggests

Tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 and analysed by The Associated Press showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

However the data then showed the the Boeing 777 suddenly and sharply pitching down to 31,000 feet over the space of around three minutes.

The aircraft stayed at 31,000 feet for just under 10 minutes before rapidly descending and landing in Bangkok in just under half an hour.

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:37


Passenger says ‘very dramatic drop’ launched people ‘immediately into the ceiling’

A passenger travelling on the diverted flight has described a “very dramatic drop” which launched everyone without a seatbelt on “immediately into the ceiling” – in some instances denting the overhead lockers.

“Suddenly the aircraft starts tilting up and there was shaking so I started bracing for what was happening, and very suddenly there was a very dramatic drop so everyone seated and not wearing seatbelt was launched immediately into the ceiling,” Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student on board the flight told Reuters.

“Some people hit their heads on the baggage cabins overhead and dented it, they hit the places where lights and masks are and broke straight through it.”

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:29


Which route was flight SQ321 travelling when it encountered severe turbulence?

Here is the route which flight SQ321 was travelling when it was diverted to Bangkok.

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:16


What is clear-air turbulence?

The US National Weather Service says: “Turbulence is caused by abrupt, irregular movements of air that create sharp, quick updrafts/downdrafts. These updrafts and downdrafts occur in combinations and move aircraft unexpectedly.”

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) defines clear-air turbulence as “sudden severe turbulence occurring in cloudless regions that causes violent buffeting of aircraft … CAT is especially troublesome because it is often encountered unexpectedly and frequently without visual clues to warn pilots of the hazard.”

Simon Calder, Travel Correspondent21 May 2024 12:14


Singapore Airlines statement in full

Here is the airline’s statement in full:

“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 injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.

“Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

“Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft. We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance, and sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed.

“We will provide regular updates on our Facebook and X accounts.”

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:07


Is it unusual for there to be a fatality as a result of turbulence?

Yes, very rare. But injuries on board an aircraft can be alarming.

Writing for the British Airline Pilots’ Association (Balpa), former pilot and flight safety specialist Steve Landells says: “The injuries we see tend to occur when people aren’t strapped in. This may be because the turbulence is encountered without warning but we also see quite a lot of people hurt because they don’t obey the ‘fasten seat belt’ instructions.”

Cabin crew are particularly vulnerable.

Simon Calder, Travel Correspondent21 May 2024 12:06


Full report: One person killed and multiple injured in severe turbulence on flight from UK

One passenger has reportedly been killed and several others have been injured after a flight from London to Singapore was hit by severe turbulence.

The Singapore Airlines flight was forced to carry out an emergency landing in Thailand, where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time.

The flight departed from Heathrow airport on Monday evening before hitting bad weather conditions.

My colleagues Holly Evans and Simon Calder have the breaking report, which you can refresh for updates:

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:04


Hello, we’ll be using this blog to bring you live updates after a Singapore Airlines flight from London was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok due to severe turbulence, with reports of a fatality and multiple injuries on board.

Andy Gregory21 May 2024 12:02

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