'6,000 Feet Down In 3 Mins': Severe Turbulence Hits Singapore Airlines Flight, 1 Dead; Dramatic Visuals Surface

Severe turbulence hit Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore hit on Tuesday.
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Singapore: Severe turbulence hit Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore hit on Tuesday. One passenger reportedly killed, while others were injured. The flight was diverted to Bangkok.
There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, The flight SQ321 left London's Heathrow Airport for Singapore. However, midway it encountered severe. Singapore Airlines also issued a statement after the incident.
"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 said in the statement.
Statement by Singapore Airlines:
"Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased," it added. The flight was diverted to Thailand. It landed at Bangkok airport at 3:45 local time.
There were at least three Indian nationals among the 229 people aboard the Singapore Airlines flight. The traumatic incident in which the aircraft descended 6,000 feet in about three minutes, left a 73-year-old British man dead and more than two dozen other passengers injured.
The video of the incident also surfaced online:
The British man, who was not yet identified, "likely" died from a heart attack, the General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport Kittipong Kittikachorn said as quoted by PTI.
Singapore on May 20 encountered "sudden extreme turbulence over the Irrawaddy Basin at 37,000 feet about 10 hours after departure," the carrier said.
The pilot declared a medical emergency and diverted the aircraft to Bangkok, and landed on May 21. "We can confirm that there were multiple injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft," the carrier said in a Facebook post.
A total of 18 individuals had been hospitalised. Another 12 were being treated in hospitals. The remaining passengers and crew were being examined and given treatment, where necessary, at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Singapore Airlines said.
The airline said that it worked with local authorities to provide necessary assistance. It added that a team to provide additional assistance has also been sent.
(With inputs from PTI)
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