Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 9V-SWM

Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 suffers turbulence and passenger dies

Flight between London and Singapore was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew when it faced severe turbulence and had to land in Bangkok

A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER on flight SQ321 between London (Heathrow) and Singapore faced severe turbulence that killed one passenger and injured several other people.

Aircraft 9V-SWM had taken off from Heathrow on 20 May and was due to land at its destination at 6.10pm the following day. When it was near the end of the flight, already south of Myanmar, the Boeing 777 diverted its route for an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand.

“We can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased,” the airline said in a post on social media.

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Scenes from the passenger cabin of the Singapore Boeing 777 after the turbulence (Social media)

Flight records show that the aircraft descended at a rate of 1,500 feet per minute during two moments, according to FlightRadar24. A video circulating on social media shows passengers bracing for turbulence when the 777 shakes violently, throwing a flight attendant into the air.

Neither Singapore nor authorities had revealed the nationality and identity of the person who died on board.

The 777-300ER 9V-SWM was delivered by Boeing in February 2008 and according to Planespotters had been reconfigured to carry light cargo, the so-called “Preighter” pattern, during 2020 and April 2024.

The 264-seat aircraft had returned to passenger flights on April 28.



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