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6,000 feet drop in 3 mins: Singapore Airlines flight’s mid-air chaos. WATCH

A Singapore Airlines flight experienced severe turbulence over the Indian Ocean on Tuesday, resulting in the death of one passenger and injuries to at least 30 others, according to the airline. The Boeing 777-300ER, en route to Singapore, abruptly descended approximately 6,000 feet in just about three minutes. Following this sudden drop, the aircraft made an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The incident tragically claimed the life of a 73-year-old British man, who appeared to have suffered a fatal heart attack, as reported by Kittipong Kittikachorn, the general manager of the Bangkok airport.

Among the 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board, three were identified as Indian nationals. The majority of passengers were from Australia, totaling 56, followed by 47 passengers from the United Kingdom.

“We are in contact with Singapore Airlines regarding flight SQ321 and stand ready to support them. We extend our deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one, and our thoughts are with the passengers and crew,” Boeing said in a statement on Tuesday.

Singapore Airlines stated on Wednesday that it is fully cooperating with relevant authorities in the investigation into the incident. The airline also expressed its profound condolences to the family of the deceased and extended its support to those affected by the turbulence.

This tragic event has brought attention to the risks associated with severe turbulence, which can occur unexpectedly and pose significant hazards to both passengers and crew. While modern aircraft are equipped with advanced technology to detect and avoid turbulence, some turbulence, particularly that caused by clear-air conditions, can be unpredictable and difficult to navigate.

Passengers on board recounted their harrowing experience, describing how the plane suddenly lurched and the ensuing chaos as belongings were thrown around the cabin. Many passengers were not wearing their seat belts at the time, which exacerbated the number of injuries.

Emergency response teams at Suvarnabhumi Airport were quick to assist the injured passengers and crew upon the aircraft’s landing. The injured were promptly taken to nearby hospitals for treatment, with some reported to have sustained serious injuries.

This incident underscores the importance of following safety protocols, such as keeping seat belts fastened when seated, to minimize the risk of injury during unexpected turbulence. It also highlights the ongoing need for airlines and aviation authorities to continuously improve safety measures and emergency response procedures to protect passengers and crew.

Singapore Airlines has reassured the public that they are prioritizing the well-being of the passengers and crew involved and are working closely with the relevant authorities to determine the cause of the severe turbulence. The airline has also pledged to provide support and assistance to all affected individuals.

As the investigation continues, aviation experts will be looking into various factors that could have contributed to the incident, including weather conditions, flight operations, and aircraft performance. The findings will be crucial in enhancing safety measures and preventing similar occurrences in the future.

In the wake of this tragic event, the aviation community is reminded of the unpredictable nature of air travel and the critical importance of adhering to safety protocols to safeguard lives.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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