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London to Singapore flight diverts to Bangkok as ‘severe turbulence’ leaves one dead

A 73-year-old British man has been killed and seven others are fighting for their lives after a Singapore Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing due to “sudden, extreme” turbulence.

The Boeing 777-300ER plane was en route to Singapore from London carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew when it made the emergency landing in Bangkok, the airline said in a statement.

Thai airport officials said a 73-year-old British man with a suspected heart condition had died and dozens more injured, some critically, as flight tracking data showed the flight had plummeted 6,000 feet in a matter of minutes.

“We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance,” the airline said.

Video clips shared on social media by reporters at the scene showed emergency vehicles lined up at the airport.

Singapore Airlines has not suffered a fatality since October 2000, when a plane crashed on a closed runway during takeoff at Taiwan and 83 people died.

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UK Foreign Office responding to emergency landing of flight

The UK Foreign Office is responding to the emergency landing in Bangkok of the Singapore Airlines flight.

A Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office spokesperson said: “We are responding to the emergency landing in Bangkok of a Singapore Airlines flight and are in contact with the local authorities.”

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 17:37

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Singapore will be probing incident

Singapore will be probing the incident after a Singapore Airlines plane hit severe turbulence.

Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) will be deploying investigators to Bangkok, it was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 17:35

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Watch: Inside Singapore Airlines flight after British man dies following severe turbulence

Inside Singapore Airlines flight after British man dies following severe turbulence

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 17:00

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‘Accidents of this nature are extremely rare,’ reassures UK Civil Aviation Authority

The UK Civil Aviation Authority has offered reassurance that “accidents of this nature are extremely rare” after a 73-year-old British man died on board a flight in severe turbulence.

A spokesperson for the UK Civil Aviation Authority said: “Our deepest condolences go out to all those who have been affected.

“Accidents of this nature are extremely rare and aviation remains one of the safest forms of travel.”

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 16:55

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Downing Street issues statement on incident after British passenger dies

Responding to reports that a British passenger has died and many others were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from Heathrow hit severe turbulence, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected, including with that individual’s family.”

The Foreign Office is understood to be on the ground to provide support and work with local authorities.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 16:33

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What is turbulence and can it cause your plane to crash?

Even seasoned fliers can, at times, get spooked by the mid-flight bumps and shakes, though in reality the vast majority of cases will be nothing more serious than a jiggle to your in-flight meal.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 16:30

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These are the world’s most turbulent flight routes

Turbulence is the worst part of flying for many people. Though it’s a phenomenon that happens surprisingly regularly, it can often be alarming – one that can strike fear into even the most seasoned flyers.

Turbulence is defined by the US National Weather Service as a phenomenon that is “caused by abrupt, irregular movements of air that create sharp, quick updrafts and downdrafts” that “occur in combinations and move aircraft unexpectedly”.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 16:20

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In pictures: On board Singapore Airlines flight that hit ‘sudden, extreme turbulence’

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on Tuesday (via REUTERS)
The Boeing 777-300ER plane was en route to Singapore carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew when it made the emergency landing, the airline said in a statement (via REUTERS)
Thai airport officials said a 73-year-old British man had died and there were 30 injuries, as flight tracking data showed the flight had plummeted 6,000 feet in a matter of minutes (via REUTERS)

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 16:07

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Some 47 passengers on Singapore Airlines flight from UK

Some 47 passengers who were on board the terrifying Singapore Airlines flight are from the UK, the airline has said.

There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.

In an update issued on Tuesday afternoon, the airline said the nationalities of the passengers are as follows: 47 from the UK, 56 from Australia, 2 from Canada, 1 from Germany, 3 from India, 2 from Indonesia, 1 from Iceland, 4 from Ireland, 1 from Israel, 16 from Malaysia, 2 from Myanmar, 23 from New Zealand, 5 from the Philippines, 41 from Singapore, 1 from South Korea, 2 from Spain, and 4 from the US.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 15:59

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Flight hit ‘sudden extreme turbulence’ then medical emergency declared, says airline

The diverted Singapore Airlines flight hit “sudden extreme turbulence” over the Irrawaddy Basin at 37,000 feet about 10 hours after departure, the airline has said.

The pilot subsequently declared a medical emergency and diverted the aircraft to Bangkok, landing at 3.45pm local time, it added in an update issued on Tuesday afternoon.

Tara Cobham21 May 2024 15:53

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