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A 73-year-old British passenger on board a Singapore Airlines has been killed and seven others are fighting for their lives after extreme turbulence caused mayhem in the cabin and forced pilots to make an emergency landing.

After leaving London last night at 22.17pm local time with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, the Boeing 777 plane encountered severe difficulty after hitting an air pocket near Myanmar airspace which resulted in a sharp drop of 6,000 feet in five minutes.

Terrified passengers described how they had little warning to strap on their seatbelts before the aircraft plummeted, with one recounting how people were ‘launched into the ceiling’ as the plane fell through the sky.

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Singapore Airlines turbulence: What we know this afternoon

Developments on this story have come thick and fast today, so let’s take a minute to recap everything we know about Singapore Airlines flight SQ321’s emergency landing in Thailand.

  • Airport officials have confirmed a 73-year-old British man has died after suffering a possible heart attack and 30 people are being treated in hospital with seven travellers said to be in a critical condition
  • Around 11 hours after take off from London, the Boeing 777 plane hit an air pocket and sharply dropped 6,000 feet in five minutes, unleashing mayhem in the cabin and forcing it to make an emergency landing in Bangkok
  • Terrified passengers described how they had little warning to strap on their seatbelts before the aircraft plummeted, with one recounting how people were ‘launched into the ceiling’ as the plane fell through the sky
  • Pictures inside the cabin show ceiling fittings had been ripped apart and the pipework was exposed, while machinery was hanging from the galley where trolleys are stored
  • The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK’s Heathrow airport on Monday evening at 22.17pm local time with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board

We will continue to provide updates throughout the afternoon.

Singapore Airlines sends team from nation to Bangkok to assist local authorities

In its third update tonight, Singapore Airlines said a team from Singapore has arrived in Bangkok to support their ‘colleagues and the local authorities on the ground.’

The airline added in the post, made just after midnight local time: ‘We are providing all possible assistance to the passengers and crew on board SQ321, both at the hospital and the airport.’

Pictured: Emergency services working late into the night at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Downing Street says thoughts are with family of Geoffrey Kitchen

A Downing Street spokesperson said following the news of Kitchen’s passing: ‘Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected, including with that individual’s family.’

Singapore PM offers condolences to family of British man killed on flight

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lawrence Wong offered his condolences to the family of Geoffrey Kitchen, the British man who tragically passed away on the Singapore Airlines flight today.

Wong said in a Facebook post that he and his government were ‘all saddened and shocked by what happened.’

We are working closely with Thai authorities and doing everything we can to support the passengers and crew.

‘We pray for their safe return and smooth recovery for those who are injured. We are still getting more information from Bangkok and will provide further updates in due course.’

UK Foreign Office in contact with Thai authorities

The UK’s Foreign Office said that it is in working with authorities in Thailand, following the news that British man Geoffrey Kitchen died on a Singapore Airlines flight today.

A spokesperson told the Telegraph: ‘We are responding to the emergency landing in Bangkok of a Singapore Airlines flight and are in contact with the local authorities.’

Bangkok hospital says 71 people sent for treatment

Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital revealed a total of 71 poeple have arrived to be treated for injuries.

It added that six of them are severely injured.

The British passenger who died onboard a Singapore Airlines jet travelling from the UK has been named as Geoffrey Kitchen, a 73-year-old musical theatre director from Bristol.

The pensioner, who ran the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group, died from a suspected heart attack, officials have said. Around 30 people were injured in the incident, with Mr Kitchen’s wife thought to be among those in hospital. Her condition is not known.

Pictured: Emergency services remain at Bangkok airport

These photographs show emergency crews have remained at Bangkok airport late into the evening after a Singapore Airlines flight made an emergency landing earlier today.

Thirty passengers have been taken to hospital with some carried off the plane when it touched down in Thailand.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock (14495042b) Emergency responders are seen outside the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2024. Severe turbulence on the Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore has left one passenger dead and 30 others injured, forcing an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand's capital Bangkok on Tuesday, Thai authorities said. Thailand Bangkok Singapore Airliner Emergency Landing - 21 May 2024
epa11358160 Emergency ambulance vehicles drive inside to transport injured passengers from a flight from London to Singapore to a hospital, after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, 21 May 2024. According to Singapore Airlines, one person died and at least 30 others were inujred when a Singapore Airlines plane travelling from London to Singapore was diverted to Bangkok in an emergency due to severe turbulence.  EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Xinhua/Shutterstock (14495042c) Ambulances are seen outside the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2024. Severe turbulence on the Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore has left one passenger dead and 30 others injured, forcing an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand's capital Bangkok on Tuesday, Thai authorities said. Thailand Bangkok Singapore Airliner Emergency Landing - 21 May 2024

Singapore government to send investigators to Bangkok

Investigators working on behalf of the Singapore government will be deployed to Bangkok to examine how a Singapore Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing because of sudden turbulence.

In a statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said:

The Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB) of the Ministry of Transport (Singapore) is investigating the Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 incident. TSIB is in touch with its Thai counterparts and will be deploying investigators to Bangkok.

It comes after Boeing said it was in contact with Singapore Airlines following the incident.

Pilot declared medical emergency after ‘sudden extreme turbulence’ over Irrawaddy Basin

A Singapore Airlines aircraft is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024. Pongsakornr Rodphai/Handout via REUTERS    THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES  BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE

Singapore Airlines has also disclosed how the pilot declared a medical emergency on flight SQ321 (pictured above) after ‘sudden extreme turbulence’ was encountered over the Irrawaddy Basin – the largest river in Myanmar.

In its most recent update posted on Facebook, the airline said:

Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered sudden extreme turbulence over the Irrawaddy Basin at 37,000 feet about 10 hours after departure. The pilot declared a medical emergency and diverted the aircraft to Bangkok, and landed at 1545hrs local time on 21 May 2024.

We can confirm that there were multiple injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

As of 1950hrs Singapore time on 21 May 2024, 18 individuals had been hospitalised. Another 12 were being treated in hospitals. The remaining passengers and crew were being examined and given treatment, where necessary, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

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

The nationalities of the passengers are as follows: 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, 47 from the United Kingdom, and 4 from the United States of America.

Breaking:47 British passengers on board Singapore Airlines flight

Singapore Airlines has confirmed 47 passengers were British on board flight SQ321.

In an update posted shortly before 4pm UK time, the airline disclosed the nationalities of all passengers on board, which included 56 from Australia and 41 from Singapore.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

  • Australia – 56
  • Canada – 2
  • Germany – 1
  • India – 3
  • Indonesia – 2
  • Iceland – 1
  • Ireland – 4
  • Israel – 1
  • Malaysia – 16
  • Myanmar – 2
  • New Zealand – 23
  • Philippines – 5
  • Singapore – 41
  • South Korea – 1
  • Spain – 2
  • United Kingdom – 47
  • United States – 4
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‘I love you all’: What passenger on board ‘crazy flight’ told his family

At least one person has died after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) SQ321 flight from London (Heathrow) to Singapore got into severe turbulence

A mother has told how her son texted her to say ‘I love you all’ before he suffered injuries on board the turbulence-hit Singapore Airlines flight.

Allison Barker said her son Josh, who is afraid of flying, was heading to Bali on holiday when his flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Bali.

She said she received a message on her phone shortly after 9am this morning which said: ‘I don’t want to scare you, but I’m on a crazy flight. The plane is making an emergency landing… I love you all.’

Speaking to the BBC, she said:

One minute he was just sitting down wearing a seatbelt, the next minute, he must have blacked out because he found himself on the floor with other people. There was water everywhere, blood everywhere, people’s belongings just strewn all over the plane.

When he found out that somebody had died, you can imagine the realisation that it could have been him, that he was so close to dying.

I think it’s going to have a lasting impact on him, coming so close to death. It’s just going to reinforce his fears.

Our reporter Elena Salvoni has the story of the British passenger who has witnessed the horror as it unfolded on Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 as it was struck by extreme turbulence.

Andrew Davies told how a cabin crew member said the incident was the worst she had come across in 30 years of flying.

Watch: Travellers stretchered off plane after emergency landing

We can also bring you footage of passengers being carried out the plane at Bangkok airport.

We’ve seen pictures from inside the cabin which show how the turbulence ripped ceiling fittings apart, exposed pipework and caused machinery to hang from the galley where trolleys are stored.

Pictured: Injured passengers treated at Bangkok airport

New photographs have emerged showing passengers treated at Bangkok airport after they were carried off the plane following an emergency landing.

A British man died and 30 passengers were injured, seven of whom are in a critical condition, after the Singapore Airlines flight encountered extreme turbulence.

21/05/2024 - BANGKOK - One person has died and several others injured on a Singapore Airlines flight from London that was hit by severe turbulence. The Singapore-boundwas diverted to Bangkok and landed at 15:45 local (08:45 GMT). Flight tracking data suggests the airliner dropped 6,000 feet (2,000m) in a matter of minutes after crossing the Bay of Bengal. Flight SQ 321 was carrying a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew, the airline said in a statement. "Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," it said. The airline added that it was working with Thai authorities to provide medical assistance to passengers, and was sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional help needed. Thai authorities have despatched ambulances and emergency teams to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Singapore's Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat said the government would provide assistance to the passengers and their families. "I am deeply saddened to learn about the incident onboa
21/05/2024 - BANGKOK - One person has died and several others injured on a Singapore Airlines flight from London that was hit by severe turbulence. The Singapore-boundwas diverted to Bangkok and landed at 15:45 local (08:45 GMT). Flight tracking data suggests the airliner dropped 6,000 feet (2,000m) in a matter of minutes after crossing the Bay of Bengal. Flight SQ 321 was carrying a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew, the airline said in a statement. "Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," it said. The airline added that it was working with Thai authorities to provide medical assistance to passengers, and was sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional help needed. Thai authorities have despatched ambulances and emergency teams to Suvarnabhumi Airport. Singapore's Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat said the government would provide assistance to the passengers and their families. "I am deeply saddened to learn about the incident onboa

Wiliam Hunter reports turbulence is the bane of any long-haul flight with planes rattling so violently that they rise and fall by as much as 100ft (30m) metres at a time.

Boeing in contact with Singapore Airlines

Boeing has released the following statement after its 777 aircraft experienced severe turbulence during a flight from London to Singapore.

Watch: Airport declares Singapore Airlines flight was ‘chaotic’

We can now bring you the statement issued by the general manager of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in which it was confirmed the passenger killed by extreme turbulence was a 73-year-old British man.

Breaking:73-year-old British man died from heart problems

The passenger killed after extreme turbulence forced a Singapore Airlines flight into an emergency landing is a 73-year-old British man who suffered a possible heart attack, according to the head of Bangkok airport.

30 passengers are being treated in hospital with seven described as in a critical condition.

Breaking:Singapore Airlines – 30 passengers in hospital and team heading to Bangkok

Ambulances wait to carry passengers from a London-Singapore flight that encountered severe turbulence, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The plane apparently plummeted for a number of minutes before it was diverted to Bangkok, where emergency crews rushed to help injured passengers amid stormy weather, Singapore Airlines said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Singapore Airlines has confirmed 30 passengers are in hospital after flight SQ321 encountered extreme turbulence during a flight from London to Singapore.

In an update posted on its Facebook page, the airline said:

Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered severe turbulence en-route. The aircraft diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545hrs local time.

We can confirm that there are multiple injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

As of 1950hrs Singapore time on 21 May 2024, 18 individuals have been hospitalised. Another 12 are being treated in hospitals. The remaining passengers and crew are being examined and given treatment, where necessary, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok.

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

Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. We deeply apologise for the traumatic experience that our passengers and crew members suffered on this flight. We are providing all necessary assistance during this difficult time.

We are working with our colleagues and the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary assistance.

A Singapore Airlines team is on the way to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed.

The airline has set up a hotline for relatives seeking information at +65 6542 3311.

Pictured: Carnage inside Singapore Airline flight SQ321

These pictures show the scale of the damage caused by extreme turbulence on board Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 which left one passenger dead and dozens reportedly injured.

Oxygen masks are seen draped from the overhead compartment amid reports passengers who were unbelted struck the ceiling, while debris is seen strewn across the cabin.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer
The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer
The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024. REUTERS/Stringer

Chris Jewers reported how chaos was unleashed in the cabin when the Singapore Airlines plane dropped 6,000 feet in just five minutes as passengers described the extreme turbulence that killed a passenger on a flight travelling from the UK.

Pictured: Passengers disembark Singapore Airlines flight after emergency landing

We can now show you photographs of passengers leaving Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 after it made an emergency landing in Bangkok.

The Boeing 777 plane left the UK on Monday evening at 22.17pm local time with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.

The plane was forced to divert to Thailand where it was met by ambulances who raced to the runway earlier today.

See the photographs below which were taken by a passenger on board the flight:

Lucky passengers disembark Singapore airlines flight and holding area at airport https://x.com/andrewdavies_70
Lucky passengers disembark Singapore airlines flight and holding area at airport https://x.com/andrewdavies_70

Breaking:Ten passengers seriously injured – reports state

Ten passengers on board Singapoe Airlines flight SQ321 suffered serious injuries, according to a report in Thailand.

Khaosod English, an English language news outlet based in Bangkok, is reporting a third of passengers injured after the flight experienced severe turbulence are in a serious condition.

The website also states Thailand’s transport minister Suriya Juangrungruangkit has declared uninjured passengers are being taken care of by staff at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

According to the report, Singapore Airlines will send another plane from Changi Airport which will land in Bangkok tonight.

Turbulence: What you need to know

Pilots say there are two main types of turbulence.

The first is triggered by high winds near the ground and storms in low-level clouds, so it tends to hit in the first and last 30 minutes of a flight.

While the second is ‘clear air’ turbulence above the clouds, when high-level winds change pace without warning. While it can happen at any time it’s most common over mountain ranges and oceans such as the Atlantic and Pacific.

Research from the University of Reading showed the amount of turbulence in the sky has dramatically increased as a result of rising temperatures and changes to the jet stream.

Severe turbulence incidents rose 55 per cent between 1979 and 2020 and is expected to get more intense, more frequent and last longer in future.

Breaking:Passenger – ‘Plane was shaking before dramatic drop’

Another Singapore Airlines passenger has given a terrifying account of what happened on board flight SQ321 following its emergency landing.

Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student, told Reuters news agency the plane began shaking before it suddenly plummeting.

Suddenly the aircraft starts tilting up and there was shaking so I started bracing for what was happening, and very suddenly there was a very dramatic drop so everyone seated and not wearing seatbelt was launched immediately into the ceiling,’ he said.

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.

Flight tracking data shows the plane was cruising at 37,000ft (11,280m) before it dropping 6,000ft (1,830m) in around three minutes.

Breaking:Passenger reveals what happened inside horror flight

A Singapore Airlines passenger has given us a glimpse of the horror on board flight SQ321 as he described how travellers were left ‘screaming in pain’ when they experienced extreme turbulence.

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Andrew Davies, from Lewisham, London, wrote that he and other passengers who were not injured in the turbulence were currently waiting in a holding area at the airport.

According to Mr Davies, a man travelling with his wife on the flight has died.

I was on that flight and helped as much as I could. Those not injured (including me) are in a holding area at Bangkok airport. My heart goes out to the gentleman who lost his life and his poor wife. Awful experience.

Lots of people injured – including the air stewards who were stoic and did everything they could. Bangkok emergency services quick to respond. Very little warning. The seatbelt sign came on, I put on my seatbelt straightaway then the plane just dropped.

Shouted for a defribulator. Passengers with medical training helping as much as they could. CPR on the poor gentleman that passed. Another passenger laid flat in aisle further behind me. Not sure what happened with them. Wish I could have helped more.

People’s belongings scattered, coffee and water splattered the ceiling. Surreal. So many injured people. Head lascerations, bleeding ears. A lady was screaming in pain with a bad back. I couldn’t help her – just got her water.

Singapore Airlines flight ‘may have hit air pocket’

Singapore Airlines passenger killed: Ambulances race towards runway

Sky News are reporting that Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 may have struck an air pocket before it made an emergency landing.

Sky’s Asia correspondent Cordelia Lynch said it’s believed 30 people were injured when the aircraft encountered severe turbulence during a flight from London to Singapore.

There’s some suggestion the flight hit an air pocket before it had to make this emergency landing.There are some images circulating on social media that show parts of the plane inside and a lot of scattered debris.

Photos have been posted on social media by accounts claiming to show the aftermath of the emergency landing with debris strewn across the aircraft.

Watch: Ambulances race to Bangkok runway after plane’s emergency landing

We can now bring you footage of emergency vehicles racing to a Singapore Airlines plane as it landed in Bangkok.

Flight SQ321 was forced to make an emergency landing after the aircraft was hit by severe turbulence.

Singapore government to provide assistance for passengers

Singapore’s transport minister Chee Hong Tat has said his government would help passengers affected by severe turbulence on flight SQ321 which left one passenger dead and others injured.

He said in a statement on his Facebook page:

I am deeply saddened to learn about the incident onboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to Singapore.

The plane had encountered severe turbulence en-route and had to be diverted to Bangkok. Singapore Airlines has confirmed that there are injuries and one fatality on board.

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.

My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

Latest scare for Boeing after safety issues raised

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-312ER readies to take off from Paine Field Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in Everett, Wash. Singapore Airlines said on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, a person died aboard and others were injured when a London-Singapore flight encountered severe turbulence. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

While details are yet to emerge as to what exactly happened on flight SQ321, there is no suggestion the incident was the fault of the Boeing 777 aircraft.

But it does mark the latest scare involving a Boeing-manufactured aircraft in recent weeks. Questions over safety have plagued the manufacturer ever since a door plug blew out of a 737 Max on an Alaska Airlines flight in January.

The safety crisis at Boeing has led to aircraft shortages, which could cause a wave of cancellations this summer as Britons prepare for their holiday getaways.

This has not been helped by a string of incidents involving Boeing planes, with May seeing at least four – with three coming in just two days.

  • May 9 – a Boeing plane’s tyre burst on the runway after landing
  • May 9 – Terrified passengers flee a burning Boeing 737-300 jet that skidded off the runway and caught fire in Senegal
  • May 8 – FedEx plane makes emergency landing at Istanbul Airport, with video showing its nose skidding along the runway
  • May 16 – Boeing 747-400 jet forced into emergency landing in Indonesia after flames seen shooting from back of aircraft

Watch: Flight tracker shows how Singapore Airlines plane was diverted to Bangkok

We can you now show you flight tracking data showing how Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 was forced to divert to Bangkok in an emergency landing.

Data obtained by Sky News shows the plane was cruising at 37,000ft (11,280m) before it dropped 6,000ft (1,830m) in around three minutes.

Pictures: Emergency vehicles on the runway in Bangkok

These photographs show emergency vehicles surrounding the flight at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok following the emergency landing.

Footage shows ambulances racing towards the runway after a passenger died  and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.However, flight SQ321 reportedly experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace in the region, which is currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms.The plane registered 9V-SWM was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10 pm local time.⿨⿨PACKAGE: Video, pictures, text
Footage shows ambulances racing towards the runway after a passenger died  and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.However, flight SQ321 reportedly experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace in the region, which is currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms.The plane registered 9V-SWM was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10 pm local time.⿨⿨PACKAGE: Video, pictures, text
Footage shows ambulances racing towards the runway after a passenger died  and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.However, flight SQ321 reportedly experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace in the region, which is currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms.The plane registered 9V-SWM was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10 pm local time.⿨⿨PACKAGE: Video, pictures, text
Footage shows ambulances racing towards the runway after a passenger died (PICTURED) and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.However, flight SQ321 reportedly experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace in the region, which is currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms.The plane registered 9V-SWM was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10 pm local time.⿨⿨PACKAGE: Video, pictures, text

Singapore Airlines statement

Singapore Airlines released the following statement on its Facebook page after flight SQ321 landed at Bangkok in an emergency diversion.

Singapore Airlines flight #SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered severe turbulence en-route. The aircraft diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545hrs local time on 21 May 2024

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

Singapore Airlines turbulence: Everything we know so far

Footage shows ambulances racing towards the runway after a passenger died  and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.However, flight SQ321 reportedly experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace in the region, which is currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms.The plane registered 9V-SWM was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10 pm local time.⿨⿨PACKAGE: Video, pictures, text

As we endeavour to bring you the latest updates on this developing news story, let’s recap what we know so far.

  • A passenger was killed and others injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon which was forced to make an emergency landing in Thailand.
  • The Boeing 777 plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22.17pm local time with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board
  • However, flight SQ321 experienced severe turbulence while entering airspace currently experiencing extreme tropical thunderstorms
  • The plane – registered 9V-SWM – was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing at 15.45pm local time
  • It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6.10pm local time

We will provide you updates as and when we get them.

Our reporter Chris Jewers has the breaking news story after it emerged a passenger on a flight from London to Singapore was killed after severe turbulence.

Good morning

A passenger reportedly died and 30 others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand.The Boeing 777 (PICTURED) plane operated by Singapore Airlines left the UK on Monday evening at 22:17 local time.Flight SQ321 was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok where it made an emergency landing shortly before 4pm local time. It had been scheduled to land at the Singapore Changi Airport at 6:10pm local time.The aircraft, registered 9V-SWM, was seen on the tarmac surrounded by ambulances. Local media reported that one passenger had died and around 30 others were injured, leading to the emergency landing.MFL

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