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Severe Turbulence on Singapore Airlines Flight Results in One Fatality and Over 30 Injuries

A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore experienced severe turbulence, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuries to more than 30 others. The Boeing 777-300ER, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, encountered the turbulence over the Andaman Sea, leading to an emergency landing at Bangkok’s airport.

The airline confirmed the incident in a social media statement: “We can confirm that there are injured passengers and one fatality on board.”

According to Sky News, over 30 people sustained injuries, though the exact number is still being determined. Thai media reports suggest there may be a second fatality. Upon arrival at Bangkok airport, the aircraft was met by numerous ambulances.

Flight tracking websites indicate that the plane was cruising at over 11,000 meters (approximately 36,000 feet) before it abruptly descended by nearly 2,000 meters (about 6,500 feet) in approximately three minutes.

One passenger described the ordeal to Sky News, stating that the plane suddenly tilted, began shaking, and then experienced a sharp drop. Unbuckled passengers were thrown against the cabin ceiling, resulting in the fatality of an unrestrained passenger.

It is believed that the aircraft encountered a severe air pocket, which caused the sudden drop in altitude.

The incident underscores the dangers of unexpected turbulence and the importance of keeping seatbelts fastened while seated.

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