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1 passenger dead after severe turbulence strikes S’pore-bound SIA plane from London

1 SIA passenger dies after turbulence hits S’pore-bound plane

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article mentioned that the incident resulted in two fatalities. This is inaccurate. The article has been updated to reflect the correct number of fatalities.

On Tuesday (21 May), Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 encountered severe turbulence on its way to Singapore from London, leading to the death of one passenger.

The aircraft, which left Heathrow Airport at 10.38pm local time on Monday (20 May), diverted its course and made an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 3.45pm local time.

Around 30 other passengers were reportedly injured during the flight due to the severe turbulence.

1 SIA passenger dies after severe turbulence hit

At 6pm on Tuesday, Singapore Airlines (SIA) posted on its Facebook page that a SIA SQ321 flight made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok at 3.45pm local time after experiencing some severe turbulence.

Source: Singapore Airlines on Facebook.

According to the statement, one passenger reportedly died on the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Additionally, Matichon Online reports that around 30 other passengers were injured.

According to Yahoo! News UK, flight data showed that the plane had plunged 6,000 feet in less than three minutes, reportedly causing some of the passengers in the plane to be flung to the ceiling.

Over 10 ambulances had arrived at the Suvarnabhumi Airport to rush the injured passengers to hospital, reports BangkokBiz News. All injured individuals have reportedly been brought to the hospital by emergency crews from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital.


The SQ321 flight departed from London and was bound for Singapore on 21 May. It carried 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board.

“Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft. We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance, and sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed,” SIA posted on X and Facebook.

Also read: British Airways Flight From S’pore Turns Back After Severe Turbulence, 5 Crew Members Injured

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Featured image adapted from Troy Mortier on Unsplash and Singapore Airlines on Facebook.

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