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Singapore Airlines Flight Hit By Turbulence Dropped 6,000 Feet In Just 5 Minutes

The incident occurred as parts of Thailand were hit by thunderstorms.

Bangkok:

On Tuesday, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from London encountered severe turbulence and was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok, killing one person and injuring 30 others.

After Singapore-bound flight SQ321 touched down at 3:45 p.m. (8:45 p.m. Japan time), emergency vehicles poured onto the tarmac at the Thai capital’s main airport, with flashing lights and sirens blaring. entered.

This is the latest drama involving Boeing aircraft after a fuselage panel erupted from an Alaska Airlines 737 MAX in January and two fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019.

Singapore Airlines said the flight took off from London’s Heathrow Airport and “encountered severe turbulence en route.”

In a statement, the airline said: “We can confirm that there was one injured person and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board.”

“18 people were hospitalized. A further 12 people are receiving treatment in hospital,” the carrier said, without providing details on the nature or severity of the injuries.

“We deeply apologize for the traumatic experience experienced by the passengers and crew on this flight. We are providing all necessary support during this difficult time,” the airline said in a statement.

Flight tracking data suggests the plane fell more than 1,800 meters (6,000 feet) over the Andaman Sea in just five minutes.

The incident occurred as parts of Thailand were hit by thunderstorms as the annual rainy season began.

“At 3:35pm, the airport received a distress call from a Singapore Airlines plane requesting an emergency landing, reporting that a passenger had been injured due to turbulence,” Suvarnabhumi Airport said in a statement.

“The plane landed at the airport and a medical team was dispatched to treat all the injured.”

A statement from the airport said the deceased passengers were foreigners, meaning they were not Thai nationals.

Singapore’s Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat said in a Facebook post that he was “deeply saddened” by the incident and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

~Boeing’s predicament~

U.S. aviation giant Boeing has been plagued by a series of problems in recent years and announced the departure of CEO Dave Calhoun in March amid increased scrutiny over safety and manufacturing standards.

The change in leadership comes in the wake of a near-catastrophic accident in January in which a fuselage panel on a Boeing 737 MAX 9 Alaska Airlines jet was blown off mid-flight.

The 737 MAX aircraft has been grounded around the world for an extended period after fatal crashes in Indonesia in 2018 and Ethiopia in 2019 that killed a total of 346 people.

The company has a late May deadline to present a plan required by the Federal Aviation Administration, which is restricting MAX production until progress is made on safety and quality controls.

The Department of Justice is expected to make a final decision in July on whether to file criminal charges against Boeing.

And in September, the company could face a strike by 30,000 workers if it fails to reach a deal with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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