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Singapore Airlines flight: British man dead and 30 injured after severe turbulence – latest updates | Air transport

British man dies on Singapore Airlines flight

rebecca ratcliffe

The general manager of Thailand’s airport confirmed that the deceased passenger was a 73-year-old British man who suffered from heart disease. He was traveling with his wife.

Kittipong Khichkachoun confirmed that one person had died. Seven people are said to be in critical condition. A further 23 people, including several crew members, sustained minor injuries.

He confirmed that the cause of the incident was turbulence.

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  • A 73-year-old British man, who had a heart condition, died after severe turbulence on a London to Singapore flight. He was travelling with his wife, who has been taken to hospital.

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  • The Singapore Airlines flight diverted to Bangkok and made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi airport at about 15:45 local time (08:45 GMT).

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  • Passengers onboard the Singapore Airlines plane told of a “dramatic drop” that launched those not wearing a seatbelt into the cabin ceiling.

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  • The airline said 18 people were taken to hospital and a further 12 received treatment. At least 10 ambulances were deployed.

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  • Kittipong Kittikachorn, the general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport, told reporters seven people were in a critical condition at Srinakarin hospital. A further 23 passengers and one crew member had less severe injuries, he said.

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  • Tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 ft. Just after 8am GMT, the Boeing 777 suddenly pitched down to 31,000 ft over the span of about three minutes, the data indicates.

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    The deceased passenger was a 73-year-old British man who had a heart condition, the general manager of Airports of Thailand has confirmed. He was travelling with his wife.

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    Kittipong Kittikachorn confirmed that one person has died. Seven people are in a critical condition, he says. A further 23 people, including some crew members, have less severe injuries.

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    He confirmed the cause of the incident was turbulence.

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    Kittikachorn has confirmed that there are no further deaths apart from the one person announced earlier.

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    • A Singapore Airlines flight from London made an emergency landing in Bangkok at 15.45 local time (0945 GMT) on Tuesday due to severe turbulence, officials said.

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    • At least one person was killed and some media outlets are reporting that more than 20 other people were injured. Singapore Airlines did not specify how many people were injured.

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    • The airline said the Boeing 777 plane with more than 200 passengers about encountered severe turbulence on its way from Heathrow to Singapore.

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    • Some passengers have reportedly received first aid for head wounds. More than 10 ambulances were deployed to Suvarnabhumi Airport, and the injured were taken to Samitivej Srinakarin hospital in Bangkok.

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    • Tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 ft. Just after 8am GMT, the Boeing 777 suddenly pitched down to 31,000 ft over the span of about three minutes, the data indicates.

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    The broadcaster Thai PBS initially reported that 30 people had been injured, but it later said that it’s estimated more than 20 people are injured.

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    Some passengers have received first aid for head wounds, it reported. More than 10 ambulances were deployed to Suvarnabhumi Airport, and the injured were taken to Samitivej Srinakarin hospital in Bangkok.

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    Thai media outlet Khaosod has also reported that Keerati Kitmanawat, president and CEO of Airports of Thailand, has confirmed the injured have now been transported to hospital.

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    The Guardian has not yet independently verified how many people on the flight have been injured.

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    The Associated Press has analysed tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 which showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 ft.

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    Just after 8am GMT, the Boeing 777 suddenly pitched down to 31,000 ft over the span of about three minutes, the data indicates.

    \n The aircraft stayed at 31,000 ft for just under 10 minutes before rapidly descending and landing in Bangkok in just under half an hour.

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    What we know so far…

    • A 73-year-old British man with heart disease died after being caught in severe turbulence on a flight from London to Singapore. He was traveling with his wife who was taken to his hospital.

    • The Singapore Airlines flight diverted to Bangkok and made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport at around 15:45 local time (8:45 GMT).

    • Passengers aboard the Singapore Airlines plane described a “dramatic fall” in which a passenger who was not wearing a seatbelt crashed into the cabin ceiling.

    • The airline said 18 people were taken to hospital and a further 12 were treated. At least 10 ambulances were dispatched.

    • Suvarnabhumi Airport general manager Kittipong Kitchikachorn told reporters that seven people were in critical condition at Srinakarin Hospital. In addition, 23 passengers and one crew member sustained minor injuries.

    • Tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 feet. Just after 8 a.m. GMT, the Boeing 777 suddenly plunged to an altitude of 31,000 feet in about three minutes, data shows.

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    General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport Kittipon Kitikachoun Said:

    We confirmed that there was one person who died…we found out that he had heart disease. The death is currently subject to an autopsy, but it is believed that a heart attack may have been the cause. The deceased was a British national, aged 73.

    Police have taken over the case and the body will be sent to the autopsy department, after which the embassy will be contacted.

    “The incident occurred during the in-flight meal service approximately two to three hours before the flight was scheduled to arrive in Singapore,” it added.

    “I think it was during the breakfast service. Most of the passengers were wearing their seat belts. I don’t know about the deceased passenger because his wife was taken to the hospital.”

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    British man dies on Singapore Airlines flight

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    The general manager of Thailand’s airport confirmed that the deceased passenger was a 73-year-old British man who suffered from heart disease. He was traveling with his wife.

    Kittipong Kitikachorn confirmed that one person was killed, seven were in serious condition, and 23 others, including several crew members, suffered minor injuries.

    He admitted that the cause of the incident was turbulence.

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    Kichkachoun said the deceased passenger’s wife was in the hospital.

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    “There were many passengers who could not walk so we rescued them from the plane,” Kitikakorn added.

    “Sorry, I won’t talk about the investigation at this press conference, but I can tell you that if you look inside the plane, the air pockets are pretty serious.”

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    “The investigation is ongoing. About 100 of the about 200 passengers are ready to fly to Singapore tonight. They are having dinner now and the rest of the journey will be arranged by Thai Airways later. I plan to carry it,” he said.

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    No new deaths on Singapore Airlines flights

    Kitkakorn confirmed that there were no other deaths beyond the one previously announced.

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    The press conference has begun.

    “Most of the injuries were due to cuts to the head,” said Kittiporn Kitchikachorn, general manager of management company Airports of Thailand, adding, “30 people on the plane suffered minor injuries.”

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    Sky News’ Asia correspondent Cordelia Lynch shared a video of Flight X showing a large dent inside the plane and the captain announcing plans to land in Bangkok.

    The video shows damage inside the plane and the captain announcing the diversion to Bangkok.Flight #SQ321 I was traveling from London to Singapore. https://t.co/6ZJmSRGjPK

    — Cordelia Lynch (@CordeliaSkyNews) May 21, 2024

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    The video shows damage inside the plane and the captain announcing the diversion to Bangkok.Flight #SQ321 I was traveling from London to Singapore. https://t.co/6ZJmSRGjPK

    — Cordelia Lynch (@CordeliaSkyNews) May 21, 2024

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    Medical staff gather near a fire department ambulance at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Photo: Phonsak Suksi/AFPTV/AFP/Getty Images
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