One dead, 71 injured as London-Singapore flight hits severe turbulence

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

BANGKOK: One person died and more than 70 were injured on Tuesday when a Singapore Airlines flight from London hit severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok.

Flight tracking data suggested the plane dropped more than 1,800 metres in just five minutes, causing multiple head injuries to those on board.

It is the latest drama involving a Boeing plane, after a fuselage panel blew out of an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX in January as well as two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

Singapore Airlines said flight SQ321 took off from London´s Heathrow airport and “encountered sudden extreme turbulence” at 11,300 metres over Myanmar´s Irrawaddy Basin.