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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

One person has died and dozens of others were injured after a Singapore Airlines flight from London to Singapore was hit by severe turbulence, officials and the airline said.



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Crazy ... I always wear my seatbelt when flying, this just reinforces that.

But I am wondering was it really turbulence? From the description it didn't sound like it. I wonder if they will investigate.

Usually if there is bad turbulence there is a PIREP (Like a notam, but pilot generated), and other pilots are aware of it, and either avoid it, or announce to passengers.

I suspect this isn't turbulence, just from the way this transpired and the amount of altitude lost..

#1 | Posted by oneironaut at 2024-05-23 02:49 PM | Reply

It's difficult to stay in your seat the whole time when it's a 10+ hour flight. My first overseas flight was over 16 hours on one leg of it. I remember the advice at the time was that it was better for your health to get up for a little while (when the fasten seat belts sign is off).

But yeah, it's better to keep it on the whole time when seated.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2024-05-23 02:59 PM | Reply


Singapore Airlines: People injured in turbulence-hit flight need spinal operations, says hospital

... Many of the most seriously injured people on a turbulence-hit flight on which a British man died need spinal operations, a hospital has said.

More than 100 people who were on board flight SQ321 needed hospital treatment, after the plane encountered severe turbulence while travelling from London Heathrow to Singapore on Tuesday, a medic has confirmed.

The plane, which was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew, made an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand, around 9.45am on Tuesday UK time.

Dozens of people - both passengers and crew members - were taken to hospital, many suffering head injuries. ...

Flightradar24 said its tracking data showed the plane encountering turbulence at approximately 8.49am BST while flying over the western border of Myanmar.

The flight tracking service said data sent from the aircraft showed a "rapid change in vertical rate, consistent with a sudden turbulence event", adding that there were "some severe" thunderstorms in the area at the time. ...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-23 03:00 PM | Reply


imo, good advice.

I wold also add, that at the first sign of any turbulence, forget about walking and get back into your seat with your seat belt on.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-05-23 03:05 PM | Reply

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