One person dies after severe turbulence on London to Singapore flight | Air transport

One passenger died and more than 30 were injured when a flight from London to Singapore was hit by turbulence.

The Singapore Airlines jet was diverted to Bangkok, where it landed at 15.45 local time (0945 GMT) on Tuesday.

The airline said the Boeing 777 plane with more than 200 passengers about encountered severe turbulence on its way from Heathrow to Singapore.

Images posted on social media showed emergency services at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

In a statement on social media, the airline said: “Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered severe turbulence en-route.

“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.”

According to airline tracking websites, the flight dropped about 1,800 metres (6,000 feet) when it flew into the rough air.

Fatalities caused by turbulence are extremely rare on international scheduled flights, but severe injuries have occurred – more often to crew. There have been fatalities on smaller private jets, although usually only when the turbulence has led to a crash.

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