73-Year-Old Brit Dead, 18 Hospitalized After London-Singapore Flight Encounters Severe Turbulence

One passenger was killed and several were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London encountered “severe turbulence” and was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok.

The Boeing 777-300ER, carrying 211 passengers and 18 staff members, diverted to Singapore at 3:45pm (local time) on Tuesday, according to an airline statement.

The plane crashed into an air pocket while the cabin crew was serving breakfast, Suvarnabhumi airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn told a news conference.

He stated a 73-year-old British man died during the incident, most likely from a heart attack.

Singapore Airlines also verified the tragedy and reported that 18 individuals, including a crew member, were hospitalised.

According to Mr. Kittikachorn, seven people who were gravely injured sustained brain injuries.

According to the airlines, at least 12 people are being treated in hospitals, with the rest of the passengers and crew receiving treatment at the airport as needed.

“Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased,” the airlines said in a statement.

“Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft.”

Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student on board the flight, told Reuters the aircraft started “tilting up and there was shaking”.

“So I started bracing for what was happening, and very suddenly there was a very dramatic drop,” he said.

“So everyone seated and not wearing seatbelt was launched immediately into the ceiling.”

“Some people hit their heads on the baggage cabins overhead and dented it, they hit the places where lights and masks are and broke straight through it.”

Uninjured passengers have disembarked and an another aircraft will fly them onwards, Suvarnabhumi airport said.

Singapore’s Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat said in a statement he was “deeply saddened to learn about the incident” on flight SQ231.

“Ministry of transport, Singapore, Singapore ministry of foreign affairs, civil aviation authority of Singapore and Changi airport officials, as well as SIA staff, are providing support to the affected passengers and their families,” he said.

“My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.”

Boeing said it was in contact with Singapore Airlines and ready to assist.

The latest Singapore Airlines fatalities occurred in October 2000, when a jet crashed on a blocked runway during takeoff in Taiwan. Eighty-three individuals died.

Singapore Airlines has had seven accidents, according to Aviation Safety Network data.

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