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20/21MAY24 SQ321 LHR-SIN diverts to BKK [due to severe turbulence]

20/21MAY24 SQ321 LHR-SIN diverts to BKK [due to severe turbulence]

Old May 21, 2024, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer
Twitter pics show a cabin that is in utter shambles and passengers and cabin crew who are quite distressed (with very good reason).
It is someone's personal Twitter account I guess, so in my book pictures of cabin and such, fine. However, pictures of people and injured crew and such or even the one picture on news media where initially an apparently deceased body was visible (now blurred or edited out) are rather for investigators and not public viewing. YMMV.
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:36 am
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Originally Posted by chacor
Looks like the aircraft suffered a 6,000ft drop in 4 minutes from 37,000 to 31,000.
That's not a drop, that's a controlled descent. 1500fpm is not huge. It was probably descending after they made their decision to divert.
See the following flight approaching Heathrow -

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Old May 21, 2024, 6:38 am
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Originally Posted by mrandery
That's not a drop, that's a controlled descent. 1500fpm is not huge. It was probably descending after they made their decision to divert.
Exactly, and that descend started about 22mins after the incident occured (supposedly) and the extent of injuries and all was clear.
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:38 am
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this footage seems legit, and is just unbelievable (this is after plane has been cleared of people)
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:42 am
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Originally Posted by Stratoliner777
Horrible and sad news. Hopefully everyone who was injured recovers and that there are no additional fatalities.

Some of the pictures from the cabin appear to show people (bodies?) lying on the floor, possibly? Terrible to have happened like this.

Saw a posting elsewhere that turbulence is common around the Bay of Bengal, so much so that SQ flights may regularly suspend meal service at certain points -- true???
How about diverting around such severe turbulence? [conjecture deleted by moderator]

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Old May 21, 2024, 6:44 am
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Originally Posted by Jeff767
Thunderstorms are the cause of 98% of turbulence injuries.
Is there no possibility of avoiding such areas?
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:44 am
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I am in the TG lounge now, arrived about 90 mins ago and right away saw something was going on, massive number of ambulances on the tarmac, its on all the news channels in the lounge now. Glad they got the plane down on the ground in one piece, but it looks really bad. Some very severe t-storms last few days here in Bangkok and it was raining on the way to swampy today, was wondering if it was gonna be a bumpy ride to Narita tonight,
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Old May 21, 2024, 6:46 am
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Originally Posted by demue
Exactly, and that descend started about 22mins after the incident occured (supposedly) and the extent of injuries and all was clear.
Exactly. For that poster saying this, if you want to see when the actual turbulence hit, I believe it was picked up at 7:52UTC where there was an abrupt and sudden 100ft altitude change, then a few minutes later began that descent to 31,000ft.
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Old May 21, 2024, 7:01 am
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Ongoing press conference says no further deaths, denying the Thai media report of an additional fatality.
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Some details coming through from the press conference: fatality was from the UK and had a preexisting heart condition; seven in critical condition in hospital; 23 have minor injuries.
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Old May 21, 2024, 7:14 am
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Old May 21, 2024, 7:15 am
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Originally Posted by AJNEDC
How about diverting around such severe turbulence?
the whole bay of bengal is prone of turbulence. Canít avoid unless SQ take a longer route and Fly over Thailand.

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Old May 21, 2024, 7:16 am
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Originally Posted by chacor
Some details coming through from the press conference: fatality was from the UK and had a preexisting heart condition; seven in critical condition in hospital; 23 have minor injuries.
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Old May 21, 2024, 7:18 am
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FWIW I have been on many a QR, and even BA, flight over the Bay of Bengal to/from SIN. I don't think it's right to say "other carriers divert and SQ doesn't" – plus you can't predict clear-air turbulence.
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Old May 21, 2024, 7:19 am
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And yet no press conference from SQ and/or Singapore authorities. Not a very look good IMHO.

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