Report Reveals Singapore Airlines Flight Dropped 178ft During Severe Turbulence, Resulting in Fatalities and Injuries

A Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore experienced severe turbulence last week, leading to a rapid altitude drop of 178 feet in 4.6 seconds, resulting in numerous injuries among passengers and crew. Preliminary findings from the investigation have highlighted the sequence of events leading to this incident, including the activation of the seatbelt sign moments before the turbulence struck. The airline is covering medical and hospital expenses for those affected, with 28 passengers currently hospitalized in Bangkok, some with serious injuries.

  • Severe turbulence hit a Singapore Airlines flight, causing a rapid altitude drop of 178 feet within 4.6 seconds.
  • The incident occurred when the plane was flying at 37,000 feet, on autopilot, south of Myanmar, leading to dozens of injuries.
  • Ahead of the turbulence, pilots had advised passengers to fasten their seat belts.
  • Unbelted passengers and crew became airborne, with some hitting the cabin ceiling, resulting from the sudden gravitational force change.
  • Pilots turned off the autopilot and took manual control to stabilize the aircraft following the turbulence.
  • An emergency landing was made in Bangkok, where medical crews attended to the injured.
  • Singapore Airlines is covering the medical and hospital expenses of those injured.
  • 28 passengers are still hospitalized in Bangkok, with injuries including spinal cord damage, brain and skull damage; one 73-year-old man died from a suspected heart attack triggered by the event.

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