One Dead and Several Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London-Singapore Flight

Turbulence Hits London-Singapore Flight

BANGKOK: Tragedy struck aboard a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore when severe turbulence caused one passenger’s death and left several others injured. The Boeing 777-300ER, carrying a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew members, encountered the harrowing turbulence mid-flight, prompting an emergency diversion to Bangkok.

The Turbulent Ordeal

Tracking data from FlightRadar24, analyzed by The Associated Press, revealed the chilling sequence of events. At an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 meters), the aircraft suddenly and sharply pitched downward, plummeting to 31,000 feet (9,400 meters) within a mere three minutes. For nearly ten minutes, the plane maintained this lower altitude before initiating a rapid descent, ultimately landing in Bangkok in under half an hour. The incident occurred over the Andaman Sea as the flight approached Myanmar.

Emergency Response

Emergency crews from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, located approximately 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Suvarnabhumi Airport, sprang into action. They swiftly transferred injured passengers from Flight SQ321, which had departed from Heathrow, off the runway for immediate medical treatment. Videos shared on the LINE messaging platform by Suvarnabhumi Airport depicted a procession of ambulances racing to the scene.

Turbulence Hits London-Singapore Flight

Singapore Airlines Statement

In response to the tragedy, Singapore Airlines expressed its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased passenger. The airline is collaborating closely with local authorities in Thailand to provide essential medical assistance. Additionally, a dedicated team is en route to Bangkok to offer any further support needed during this distressing time.