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A Singapore Airlines flight had to make a sudden landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok due to harsh weather; sadly, one passenger died and 30 others got injured. The air traffic control team at the airport got an emergency signal from the London-Singapore flight at 4 pm on May 21.


As per a Facebook page called Pilot Notebook, severe weather encountered by the Singapore Airlines plane after it left London for Changi Airport led it to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport instead. Unfortunately, this emergency landing led to injuries of 30 passengers and the death of one. The flight carried 211 passengers along with 18 cabin crew.


The incident may have been caused by unexpected air turbulence over the Indian Ocean, though the official reason remains unconfirmed. It's also believed that the deceased passenger might have sustained fatal injuries due to not buckling the seatbelt during landing.


In related news, bad weather also caused a tragic helicopter crash in Iran on May 19, claiming the life of the Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and nine others. The chopper had been transporting the leaders from the Azerbaijani border to Tabriz. It battled heavy fog and snowstorm before crashing in East Azerbaijan province's mountains. Iranian authorities have yet to confirm the accident's cause.


Lastly, Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin sent his condolences and ordered all government offices to fly the Thai flag at half-mast in memory of the deceased.




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-- 2024-05-21


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AP says:


Tracking data captured by FlightRadar24 and analyzed by The Associated Press showed the Singapore Airlines flight cruising at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 meters). Just after 0800 GMT, the Boeing 777 suddenly and sharply pitched down to 31,000 feet (9,400 meters) over the span of some three minutes, the data shows.


The aircraft stayed at 31,000 feet (9,400 meters) for just under 10 minutes before rapidly descending and landing in Bangkok in just under half an hour. The descent happened as the flight was over the Andaman Sea approaching Myanmar.


So it must have happened pretty close to BKK.  It will be interesting to hear from passengers and crew what actually happened and why.



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12 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

I would not be surprised if the whole plane has to be written off due to structural damage?

Think it will depend on how bad the turbulence was and is classified, yes there was a death and injuries, but full details are lacking and will be subjected to a full investigation.


Will be interesting to see from flight-radar site, if the aircraft is flying again in a couple of weeks after repair, checks and be certified safe to fly.



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Was on the Thai news tonight, Bangkok Hospital ambulances lined up to ferry the injured, they'll be well taken care of for sure.

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7 minutes ago, wimpy said:


Impossible on long haul flights to stay buckled up as a trip to the toilet is necessary. It's one of the usual places that people get injured with severe turbulance. 

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