Sky Shudders: Singapore Airlines Turbulence Leaves Passengers Injured, Urgent Spinal Operations Required, Reveals Hospital

Sky Shudders: Singapore Airlines Turbulence Leaves Passengers Injured, Urgent Spinal Operations Required, Reveals Hospital

In the aftermath of a harrowing ordeal aboard a London-Singapore flight, the fallout has been dire, with many passengers grappling with severe injuries requiring urgent spinal operations, according to statements from a Bangkok hospital. Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital in Thailand revealed that among the 20 individuals still in intensive care, six Britons are among them, following the Boeing 777 Singapore Airlines flight's abrupt descent of 6,000 feet over the Andaman Sea after encountering turbulent conditions.

The roster of those in intensive care also includes six Malaysians, three Australians, two Singaporeans, and one individual each from Hong Kong, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Recounting the terror that gripped Flight SQ321, some of the 211 passengers recounted being jolted into chaos as the aircraft convulsed, propelling them towards the ceiling or leaving them immobilized on the floor.

Tragically, the incident claimed the life of 73-year-old Geoff Kitchen from Gloucestershire, UK, who succumbed to a suspected heart attack despite valiant efforts from the flight crew to resuscitate him for a prolonged 20 minutes. Josh Silverstone, a survivor of the ordeal, vividly recalled the moment of impact, describing a deafening bang preceding a chaotic scene of blood and crumbling ceiling panels.

Amidst the chaos, passengers rallied to aid one another, with accounts of an elderly lady rendered immobile and disoriented, while injured cabin crew members lay alongside, attended to by fellow passengers. The gravity of the situation became apparent as the flight was diverted to Thailand, where the Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital mobilized to provide medical assistance to a total of 104 individuals.

Despite efforts to ascertain the cause of the turbulence, clarity remains elusive. Flightradar24 data indicated a sudden change in vertical rate consistent with turbulence, prompting the flight's diversion to Bangkok after declaring an emergency approximately 20 minutes into the turbulent ordeal.

Tim Atkinson, an aviation consultant and experienced pilot, shared insights on the Singapore Airlines flight's turbulent encounter, emphasizing the likelihood of atmospheric turbulence. Speaking on the Sky News Daily podcast, Atkinson highlighted the notorious nature of the Intertropical Convergence Zone, the region where the Boeing 777 abruptly descended 6,000 feet.

Drawing on his expertise, Atkinson described the zone as a well-known hotspot for turbulence, a fact recognized not only by seasoned pilots but also by passengers familiar with aviation nuances. He underscored that the circumstances surrounding the flight's drastic altitude shift align with characteristics commonly associated with atmospheric turbulence in such regions.