Thailand. One dead and injured after “severe turbulence” on London-Singapore flight

Thailand. One dead and injured after “severe turbulence” on London-Singapore flight
Thailand. One dead and injured after “severe turbulence” on London-Singapore flight

Drama this Tuesday during a London-Singapore flight. One person died and more than 20 others were injured on a Singapore Airlines Boeing after “severe turbulence”. At 3:45 p.m. local time in Thailand (10:45 a.m. in France), the aircraft operating flight SQ321 landed at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport. Ambulances rushed to the plane, sirens blaring and flashing lights on.

“We can confirm that there are injuries and one death on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew members,” the airline said on X. It added that 30 people were taken to hospital and 12 of them required treatment, but it did not specify the severity of their injuries or whether the person who lost their life was a passenger or a member of the crew.

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A fall of more than 1,800 meters

Flight SQ321 took off from London’s Heathrow Airport and encountered “severe turbulence” en route, Singapore Airlines said. “We sincerely apologize for the traumatic experience experienced by our passengers and crew members on this flight. We provide all necessary assistance during this difficult period,” the airline assured.

Flight tracking data indicates the plane fell more than 1,800 meters in just five minutes over the Andaman Sea. The incident occurred as parts of Thailand were hit by thunderstorms at the start of the rainy season. “At 3:35 p.m., the airport received a distress call from the Singapore Airlines flight indicating that there were passengers on board injured by turbulence and requesting an emergency landing,” Suvarnabhumi Airport said in a statement. The airport statement described the deceased passenger as a “foreigner” (non-Thai).

New incident involving a Boeing

This is the latest incident involving a Boeing plane, following the explosion of a fuselage panel of an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX in January, as well as two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. The American giant Aviation is shaken by multiple crises linked to production and quality control problems. It announced in March the departure of its CEO, Dave Calhoun, at the end of the year and which has been the subject of increased attention in recent months from authorities, regulators and the justice system in particular.

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