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1 dead as London-Singapore plane hit by turbulence

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024 13:42 | By
A Singapore Boeing 777-300ER was involved.
A Singapore Boeing 777-300ER was involved. PHOTO/Sky News.

One person has died and a number of others have been injured during severe turbulence on a plane that left the UK and was heading to Singapore.

The plane was forced to divert to Bangkok.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said flight SQ321, operating from London Heathrow to Singapore on Monday, encountered severe turbulence en-route.

"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," they said.

"Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased."

The aircraft diverted to Thailand and landed at 3.45pm local time, the airline said.

Singapore Airlines said they were "working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance", and were sending a team to Bangkok to provide additional assistance.

"Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft", they added.

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