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Singapore Airlines flight horror: 3 Indians among passengers affected by plane turbulence | World News

A Singapore Airlines flight experienced strong turbulence over the Indian Ocean, causing it to descend 1,800 meters in three minutes, the airline reported this Tuesday. A 73-year-old Briton died, possibly of a heart attack, after being severely buffeted by turbulence.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is seen after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2024. (REUTERS)

The Boeing 777 was flying from London Heathrow Airport to Singapore with 211 passengers and 18 crew members. The airline said three passengers were from India, without specifying their conditions.

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Due to turbulence and stormy weather, the flight was diverted and landed in Bangkok. Authorities reported that several passengers were injured, some seriously.

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Most of the passengers were from Australia.

According to the airline, 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.

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Singapore Airlines turbulence incident latest updates

A relief flight carrying 143 passengers and crew of SQ321 arrived in Singapore this morning at 5:05 am (2:35 am as per Indian time). Another 79 passengers and six crew members remain in Bangkok, including those receiving medical care and their families.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said in a video message that the airline is “committed to providing all necessary support and assistance to the passengers and crew members who were on board SQ321, as well as their families and loved ones.”

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the passenger who died,” he said.

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Singapore Airlines staff are providing ground assistance, Phong said.

The airline has provided hotlines for passengers’ families: +65 6542 3311 (Singapore), 1800-845-313 (Australia) and 080-0066-8194 (United Kingdom).

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