Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 9V-SWM

Singapore Boeing 777-300 that was affected by severe turbulence returns to flight

Aircraft 9V-SWM took off from Bangkok on Sunday towards Singapore after undergoing investigations related to flight SQ321 on May 21

The Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 9V-SWM reigstration returned to flight days after suffering severe turbulence that killed a passenger on May 21.

The aircraft took off on Sunday from Bangkok, where it had made an emergency landing after several passengers and crew suffered injuries amid violent vertical oscillations.

“On 26 May 2024, the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that operated flight SQ321 on 20 May 2024 was flown back to Singapore from Bangkok. It landed at 1339hrs (Singapore Time). SIA is fully cooperating with the relevant authorities in the investigation into this incident,” confirmed the carrier on its social media profiles.

In recent days, Singapore civil aviation authorities obtained data from flight data recorders and cockpit audio as part of the open investigation.

Boeing 777-300 cabin after the turbulence (Social media)

The Boeing 777 had taken off from London’s Heathrow Airport on May 20 and had already flown for about 10 hours when severe turbulence affected the flight as the aircraft was over the sea south of Myanmar.

There were 229 people on board, including passengers and crew, and images shared by passengers reveal a scene of destruction in the cabin.

According to Singapore Airlines, 40 passengers and one crew member remained undergoing medical treatment in Thailand.

Qatar Airways Boeing 787-9 (Alan Wilson/CC)

Turbulence on Qatar Airways flight

Also on Sunday, a Qatar Airways flight between Doha and Dublin faced severe turbulence when flying over Turkey.

Flight QR017 was carried out with a Boeing 787-9, but there was no need to divert to another airport and the aircraft landed normally in Ireland.

Eight passengers, however, were taken to a hospital but with non-serious injuries.


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