One dead and 30 injured in “severe turbulence” during a Singapore Airlines flight

The flight was diverted to Bangkok

One person died and 30 were injured after a Singapore Airlines flight between London and Singapore experienced “severe turbulence”. The situation was confirmed by Singapore Airlines, which initially described it as “severe turbulence” and later upgraded the condition to “high turbulence”, the most severe of the existing four degrees.

According to the agency, the plane had to be diverted to Bangkok, Thailand after it hit “severe turbulence” near the Irrawaddy base at about 11,000 meters above sea level, about 10 hours after takeoff. According to the flight radar, the aircraft lost 1,200 meters of altitude in one minute.

Singapore Airlines Boeing route

According to the BBC, the deceased was a 73-year-old British traveler who suffered a heart attack.

“We can confirm injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There were 211 passengers and 18 crew on board. Singarur Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the bereaved family,” the note said.

The flight landed in Thailand at 15:45 (local time).

In an update published around 13:02 (Portugal time), 12 injured people were treated in hospital, but 18 others were admitted and receiving medical treatment.

On the same note, Singapore Airlines guarantees that the remaining crew and passengers will be examined by specialists and receive appropriate medical attention if necessary.

The company said it was “working with local authorities in Thailand to provide necessary medical assistance”, adding that “the priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board”.

“Singapore Airlines extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. We deeply apologize for the traumatic experience our passengers and crew had on this flight,” the airline said in a statement posted on social media.

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