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Singapore Airlines Flight Hit By Severe Turbulence, One Dead

Singapore Airlines (SIA) planes sit on the tarmac in Singapore's Changi Airport

This morning, new reports have emerged detailing the harrowing experience faced by passengers aboard a Singapore Airlines flight that encountered severe turbulence. The incident, which tragically resulted in one fatality and left more than 100 individuals injured, occurred approximately 10 hours into the flight from London to Singapore.

Passengers onboard described a chaotic scene as the turbulence struck suddenly, giving many travelers little time to fasten their seat belts. The pilot swiftly declared a medical emergency and diverted the aircraft to Bangkok, where injured passengers and crew members were rushed to various hospitals for treatment.

The scale of the injuries is significant, with a total of 85 individuals requiring hospitalization out of the 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board. Witness accounts paint a vivid picture of items being tossed around the cabin, with personal belongings and aircraft equipment flying through the air during the turbulence.

Despite the airline's historically strong safety record, the CEO of Singapore Airlines issued a public apology and offered condolences for the passenger who lost their life during the incident, identified as a 73-year-old British man named Geoffrey Kitchen. Investigations into the sudden turbulence are underway to determine the factors that led to the unexpected and violent event.

Reports indicate that even airline crew members sustained injuries, suggesting the abrupt nature of the turbulence caught many off guard. Currently, 20 individuals from the flight remain in intensive care, underscoring the severity of the turbulence and its impact on those onboard.

The footage from the aftermath of the incident reveals scenes of chaos and destruction, highlighting the intensity of the turbulence that unfolded mid-flight. As authorities continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, questions remain about how such a sudden and devastating event could have occurred on a typically safe airline journey.

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