One passenger has died and dozens were injured after a Singapore Airlines flight from London encountered “severe turbulence”.

The airline said Flight SQ321 was forced to divert to Bangkok and landed on Tuesday afternoon local time.

In a statement, the carrier said: “Singapore Airlines flight #SQ321, operating from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 May 2024, encountered severe turbulence en-route.

“The aircraft diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545hrs local time on 21 May 2024.

“We can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew 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.”

Reports said as many as 30 passengers may have been injured in the incident.

Singapore Airlines has an excellent safety record. Its latest fatal accident was in 2000, when Flight 006 departed Singapore for a flight to Los Angeles via Taipei and crashed on a closed runway at Chiang Kai-shek Airport.

In December, 11 passengers onboard a chartered P&O cruise flight were hospitalised following severe turbulence.

Maleth Aero Flight 1975, which had 225 passengers and 13 crew onboard, was en-route to Manchester from Barbados on 23 December 2023, when it is believed to have encountered a tropical storm. Severe turbulence forced the plane, an Airbus A330, to land in Bermuda.
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