1 Dead, 30 Hurt as Turbulence Hits Singapore Airlines Flight

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 22 May 2024
1 Dead, 30 Hurt as Turbulence Hits Singapore Airlines Flight

A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence on Tuesday, resulting in one passenger's death and critical injuries to seven others. The turbulence struck while the cabin crew was serving breakfast, leading the pilots to request an emergency landing in Bangkok.

Details of the Singapore Airlines Flight Turbulence

According to Suvarnabhumi airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn, the flight fell into an air pocket, causing significant shaking and a sudden drop. Passengers described a dramatic tilting and subsequent fall that launched those without seatbelts into the ceiling, causing serious injuries.

Casualties and Injuries in the Singapore Airlines Flight Turbulence

A 73-year-old British man reportedly died from a heart attack during the incident. Additionally, seven people sustained critical head injuries, and a total of 18 individuals were hospitalized, with 12 receiving ongoing treatment. Photographs from the aircraft showed extensive damage, including large gashes in overhead panels and items strewn across the cabin.

1 Dead, 30 Hurt as Turbulence Hits Singapore Airlines Flight

Passenger Accounts

Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student on the flight, recounted the chaos, noting that people were thrown into overhead baggage compartments, denting and breaking through them. Many passengers, however, were reportedly wearing their seatbelts, which likely prevented further injuries.

1 Dead, 30 Hurt as Turbulence Hits Singapore Airlines Flight

Official Responses

Singapore Airlines expressed deep condolences to the family of the deceased and apologized for the traumatic experience. The airline is cooperating with Thai authorities to provide necessary assistance. Boeing also extended condolences and stated its readiness to support the investigation.

Investigation and Data Analysis

The Transport Safety Investigation Bureau of Singapore is sending investigators to Bangkok to examine the incident. Preliminary data from FlightRadar 24 indicated a rapid ascent and return to cruising altitude just before the emergency landing.

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