Singapore Airlines turbulence: aircraft that operated SQ321 returns from Bangkok – Technologist

The Singapore Airlines (SIA) aircraft that operated turbulence-hit flight SQ321 returned to Singapore on Sunday, five days after it made an emergency landing in Bangkok.

The plane landed in Singapore at 1.39pm, SIA said in response to CNA’s query.

According to flight tracking service Flightradar24, the plane, now SQ9071, departed Bangkok at 10.49am local time.

“SIA obtained the necessary approvals from the relevant authorities in Singapore and Thailand, the investigators, and the aircraft manufacturer, and the aircraft was cleared by our Engineering and Flight Operations teams, before departure,” the airline told CNA on Sunday.

SQ321 had been travelling from London to Singapore on May 21, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, when it encountered extreme turbulence. One passenger died, and a dozen were injured, resulting in an emergency diversion of the Boeing 777-300ER.

SIA said in an update on Saturday evening that 53 passengers and one crew member remain in Bangkok.

“This includes 43 passengers and one crew member receiving medical treatment in the hospital,” it said.


One dead and dozens injured after Singapore Airlines flight hit by severe turbulence

One dead and dozens injured after Singapore Airlines flight hit by severe turbulence

SIA also said it had been in contact with passengers and crew members who were on board SQ321, including those who are still in Bangkok.

“Where requested, we have facilitated travel to Bangkok for their families and loved ones.”

The airline added it is fully cooperating with the relevant authorities in the investigation into this incident.

The interior of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport on May 21, 2024. Photo: Reuters

Minister for Transport Chee Hong Tat said on Friday that investigators had obtained and are examining the data from the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder of the flight.

Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau (TSIB), part of the Transport Ministry, dispatched investigators to Bangkok to find out what happened. Investigators from the United States have also travelled to Thailand.

This story was first published by CNA

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