Breaking: 1 Dead After Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 Hits Severe Turbulence

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 22, 2024 15:30 PMNews
White singapore airlines airplane flying during cloudy day
White singapore airlines airplane flying during cloudy day. Source: unsplash

A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore encountered severe turbulence, resulting in the death of one passenger. The Boeing 777, operating flight SQ321, diverted to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) after issuing a general emergency signal. The incident occurred on May 21, 2024, and involved the aircraft registered as 9V-SWM.

Singapore Airlines confirmed the fatality and stated that their priority is to provide assistance to all passengers and crew on board. The airline is working with local authorities in Thailand to offer necessary medical help and has dispatched a team to Bangkok for additional support.

According to reports, the deceased was a 73-year-old British man who likely suffered a heart attack. His wife has been hospitalized, and a total of 53 passengers and one crew member sustained injuries. The turbulence struck as the aircraft, initially cruising at 37,000 feet, began its descent towards Bangkok around 09:00 London time (16:00 Singapore time).

Flight SQ321 departed from London Heathrow Airport at 22:38, about half an hour behind schedule. The turbulence led to the aircraft squawking 7700, indicating a general emergency, before landing safely in Bangkok at 15:45 local time.

The Boeing 777 involved in the incident, registered as 9V-SWM, has been with Singapore Airlines since its delivery in February 2008 and is configured with 264 seats. The aircraft recently returned to service after being in storage since December 2021.

Severe turbulence can cause significant injury or death due to the sudden and violent movements of the aircraft. Passengers are advised to keep their seatbelts fastened while seated to avoid injuries from unexpected turbulence. Images shared on social media showed a chaotic scene in the aircraft's galley, indicating the severity of the turbulence.

Singapore Airlines is making arrangements for the affected passengers and working to ensure their safety and comfort in the aftermath of this tragic incident.

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