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British man dies, around 30 passengers injured as turbulence hits Singapore Airlines flight

The flight is diverted and lands in stormy weather in Bangkok

British man dies, around 30 passengers injured as turbulence hits Singapore Airlines flight

A Singapore airline aircraft is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Thailand on Tuesday. Reuters



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Bangkok, May 21

An elderly British man died and more than two dozen passengers were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight from London was struck by severe turbulence and plunged 6,000 feet in a span of a few minutes on Tuesday over the Indian Ocean.

The flight was then diverted and landed in stormy weather in Bangkok.

Authorities said the British man may have suffered a heart attack, though that has not been confirmed. His name was not immediately released.

The Boeing 777-300ER flight from London's Heathrow airport to Singapore, with 211 passengers and 18 crew members aboard, landed at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport at 3.45 pm local time, the airline said in a Facebook post.

Emergency medical crews rushed to help the passengers. Videos posted on the LINE messaging platform by Suvarnabhumi Airport showed a line of ambulances streaming to the scene.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Singapore Airlines said that as of four hours after the emergency landing, 18 people remained hospitalised while 12 more were treated on outpatient basis.

"The remaining passengers and crew are being examined and given treatment, where necessary,” at the airport, it said.

Airports of Thailand group said the lightly injured and non-injured passengers are being assisted at a specially assigned location inside the terminal at the Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Thailand's Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungruangkit said in a statement that Singapore would dispatch another plane later on Tuesday night to transport the lightly injured and non-injured passengers to the city-state's Changi airport. He said that plane was expected to arrive in Bangkok at 9.45 pm.

Kittipong Kittikachorn, general manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, told a news conference on Tuesday night that the British man was 73 years old and appeared to have suffered a heart attack. 

       

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