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Published Time: 21.05.2024 - 17:45:50 Modified Time: 21.05.2024 - 17:45:50

Fifty-six Australians were on board the plane.  Singapore Airlines, singapore airlines turbulence, sq321

Fifty-six Australians were on board the plane. 

The flight fell into an air pocket while the cabin crew was serving breakfast, Suvarnabhumi Airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn told a press conference.

He said a 73-year-old British man died during the incident, likely due to a heart attack.

Singapore Airlines also confirmed the death and said 18 were hospitalised, including a crew member.

Mr Kittikachorn said head injuries were sustained among seven who were critically injured.

"Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," the airline said in a statement.

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

Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student on board the flight, told the aircraft started "tilting up and there was shaking". 

"So I started bracing for what was happening, and very suddenly there was a very dramatic drop," he said.

"So everyone seated and not wearing seatbelt was launched immediately into the ceiling."

"Some hit their heads on the baggage cabins overhead and dented it, they hit the places where lights and masks are and broke straight through it."

Uninjured passengers have disembarked and another aircraft will fly them onwards, Suvarnabhumi Airport said.

Singapore's Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat said in a statement he was "deeply saddened to learn the incident" on flight SQ321. 

"Ministry of transport, Singapore, Singapore ministry of foreign affairs, civil aviation authority of Singapore and Changi airport officials, as well as SIA staff, are providing support to the affected passengers and their families," he said.

"My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased."

Boeing said it was in contact with Singapore Airlines and was ready to provide support.

The last Singapore Airlines fatalities were in October 2000 when a plane crashed on a closed runway during take-off in Taiwan. Eighty-three died.


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