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Aircraft hit by deadly turbulence returns to Singapore

Singapore Airlines is offering compensation to passengers injured during severe flight turbulence.

Singapore Airlines is offering compensation to passengers injured during severe flight turbulence. Photo: AP

The Singapore Airlines aircraft used for a flight in which a passenger died during severe turbulence has returned to Singapore five days after its emergency landing in Bangkok, local media reports.

A 73-year-old British man died of a suspected heart attack and Australians were among dozens injured on Tuesday after flight SQ321, flying from London to Singapore, encountered what the airline described as sudden, extreme turbulence while flying over Myanmar.

The flight carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew diverted to Bangkok for an emergency landing.

Forty one people who were on board remain in hospitals in Bangkok, five of them in intensive care – three Australians, one British and one New Zealander, Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in the Thai capital said on Sunday.

Flight tracking service Flightradar24 showed the aircraft, operating as flight SQ9071, left Bangkok on Sunday at 0349 GMT and arrived in Singapore at 0539 GMT.

“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,” Singapore Airlines told Channel News Asia.

-Reuters
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