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Grandfather, 68, injured within the lethal Singapore Airways flight that left one Brit useless and dozens harm, recounts the turbulence carnage and chaos of looking for his daughter, spouse and grandson in hospital in Bangkok

Grandfather, 68, injured within the lethal Singapore Airways flight that left one Brit useless and dozens harm, recounts the turbulence carnage and chaos of looking for his daughter, spouse and grandson in hospital in Bangkok


A grandfather who was injured on the lethal Singapore Airways flight at the moment has revealed his harrowing expertise attempting to find his spouse, daughter and grandson at a Bangkok hospital. 

Jerry, a 68-year-old who didn’t give his final identify when he spoke to the BBC, described at the moment because the ‘worst day of my life.’

He stated that after the aircraft landed in Bangkok, probably the most severely injured folks have been taken off first by medical groups. 

‘I ended up within the hospital and clearly, due to the state of affairs, it was pretty chaotic’, he stated.

‘Issues have been going very easily at first. I had simply been to the toilet, got here again and sat down [before experiencing a] little bit of turbulence.

‘Immediately the aircraft plunged, I do not know the way far nevertheless it was a great distance and so sudden. There was no warning in any respect. 

Jerry, who did not give his last name when he spoke to the BBC, described today as the 'worst day of my life'

Jerry, who didn’t give his final identify when he spoke to the BBC, described at the moment because the ‘worst day of my life’

Jerry was one of more than 70 people injured on the flight

Jerry was one of more than 70 people injured on the flight

Jerry was one among greater than 70 folks injured on the flight

Geoffrey Kitchen, 73, ran the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group in Bristol

Geoffrey Kitchen, 73, ran the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group in Bristol

Geoffrey Kitchen, 73, ran the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group in Bristol

Oxygen masks are seen hanging from the ceiling in the cabin of the Singapore Airlines flight

Oxygen masks are seen hanging from the ceiling in the cabin of the Singapore Airlines flight

Oxygen masks are seen hanging from the ceiling within the cabin of the Singapore Airways flight

‘I ended up hitting my head on the ceiling [and] my spouse did. Some poor folks strolling round ended up doing somersaults, it was completely horrible.

‘Immediately it stopped, and it was calm once more. The workers did their finest to are inclined to the injured folks, there have been a variety of them. 

‘Among the workers have been injured themselves, so that they did a sterling job. 

‘Ultimately they advised us we would divert to Bangkok, which was an enormous aid. 

Jerry stated that his household’s plan of attending a marriage needed to be known as off as a result of horrifying incident. 

‘We have been going to my son’s marriage ceremony, and that was purported to be on Friday. 

‘If we continued out itinerary, that might imply 5 consecutive flights. We’re not going to try this, we’ll go straight again. It is simply unlucky.

‘The unhealthy expertise that my spouse and daughter had, and my very own expertise, [means] we won’t abdomen one other 5 flights.’

Jerry was one among greater than 70 folks injured on the flight. The British passenger who died onboard was named as Geoffrey Kitchen, a 73-year-old musical theatre director from Gloucestershire.

The pensioner died from a suspected coronary heart assault, officers stated. Greater than 70 folks have been injured within the incident, with Mr Kitchen’s spouse Linda considered amongst these in hospital. Her situation isn’t recognized.

Pictured: Passengers are seen in the cabin after the incident today, with belongings strewn across the floor and oxygen masks dangling from above

Pictured: Passengers are seen in the cabin after the incident today, with belongings strewn across the floor and oxygen masks dangling from above

Pictured: Passengers are seen within the cabin after the incident at the moment, with belongings strewn throughout the ground and oxygen masks dangling from above

After around 11 hours of flying time from take off in London, the aircraft sharply dropped 6,000 feet in just five minutes, causing chaos in the cabin. In pictures of the aftermath, one air stewardess was seen with blood over her face (pictured)

After around 11 hours of flying time from take off in London, the aircraft sharply dropped 6,000 feet in just five minutes, causing chaos in the cabin. In pictures of the aftermath, one air stewardess was seen with blood over her face (pictured)

After round 11 hours of flying time from take off in London, the plane sharply dropped 6,000 toes in simply 5 minutes, inflicting chaos within the cabin. In photos of the aftermath, one air stewardess was seen with blood over her face (pictured)

Tributes have poured in for Mr Kitchen, who ran Thornbury Musical Theatre group and is claimed to be a grandfather, with heartbroken mates describing him as ‘adventurous’ and ‘a very nice man’.

The retired insurance coverage employee and his spouse have been heading overseas on a six-week vacation of a lifetime to South East Asia, Indonesia and Australia when catastrophe struck round 11 hours into their flight from Heathrow. 

The plane hit an air pocket and plummeted an astonishing 6,000ft in simply 5 minutes, with the sudden drop unleashing mayhem onboard and forcing the aircraft to make an emergency touchdown at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport.

Terrified passengers have described how that they had little to no warning to place their seatbelts on earlier than the plane instantly dropped whereas the crew have been serving breakfast, with one passenger saying folks have been ‘launched into the ceiling’ because the aircraft fell by way of the sky.

Of the 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, Thai authorities stated 71 folks had been despatched for therapy, six of whom have been severely injured, with many sustaining lacerations to the pinnacle as they have been thrown upwards. 

Video shows emergency services taking one passenger out from the cabin on a stretcher

Video shows emergency services taking one passenger out from the cabin on a stretcher

Video exhibits emergency providers taking one passenger out from the cabin on a stretcher

The 73-year-old died from a suspected heart attack, Thai officials said. His wife is believed to be in hospital

The 73-year-old died from a suspected heart attack, Thai officials said. His wife is believed to be in hospital

The 73-year-old died from a suspected coronary heart assault, Thai officers stated. His spouse is believed to be in hospital

Thai authorities earlier revealed that Mr Kitchen died of a suspected coronary heart assault. Neighbours at the moment advised MailOnline that he had suffered coronary heart issues in recent times and had stents put in to widen his arteries.

Shut buddy Steve Dimond, 73, who lives a couple of doorways down from Mr Kitchen’s three-bed residence in leafy Thornbury, stated: ‘You would not realize it, he carried on as regular and was very match and lively.

‘He was very concerned with newbie dramatics and was serving to me make surroundings for our new manufacturing.

‘He was a superb singer, a superb actor, he was on the committee, he cherished musical theatre.

‘He and his spouse like reside music, all types, people jazz, every part. He is recognized his spouse since they have been youngsters, they’re a stunning couple.’

‘It is a horrible shock, he was a very nice bloke.’

Mr Dimond stated he and his spouse Jill have been fearful about Mr Kitchen’s spouse Linda and had been attempting to name her.

The couple worry she might have been one of many passengers critically injured when the Singapore Airways plane hit extreme turbulence.

Mr Dimond stated: ‘They have been very adventurous and had been planning the vacation for a very long time.

‘They spent final weekend with their grandchildren as a result of they would not be seeing them for some time.’

Geoff and his spouse have been each concerned with the Thornbury musical theatre group.

Mr Dimond stated: ‘I’ll bear in mind him enjoying a Sultan and a Dame, he was unbelievable. A stunning, humorous man who may sing and act.’

Passengers are seen on the Singapore Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing in Bangkok today. Oxygen masks fell from the ceiling, as did other components

Passengers are seen on the Singapore Airlines plane after it made an emergency landing in Bangkok today. Oxygen masks fell from the ceiling, as did other components

Passengers are seen on the Singapore Airways aircraft after it made an emergency touchdown in Bangkok at the moment. Oxygen masks fell from the ceiling, as did different parts

A passenger died and dozens of others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand. Pictured: The plane and ambulances are seen on the tarmac at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok today

A passenger died and dozens of others were injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency landing in Thailand. Pictured: The plane and ambulances are seen on the tarmac at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok today

A passenger died and dozens of others have been injured on a flight from London to Singapore this afternoon forcing an emergency touchdown in Thailand. Pictured: The aircraft and ambulances are seen on the tarmac at Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport in Bangkok at the moment

Passengers said Thai emergency services worked quickly to help those on board after the plane made an emergency landing

Passengers said Thai emergency services worked quickly to help those on board after the plane made an emergency landing

Passengers stated Thai emergency providers labored rapidly to assist these on board after the aircraft made an emergency touchdown

A person is seen being carried away from the aircraft on a stretcher today in Bangkok

A person is seen being carried away from the aircraft on a stretcher today in Bangkok

An individual is seen being carried away from the plane on a stretcher at the moment in Bangkok

A woman in a wheelchair and carrying a baby is seen being taken off the tarmac in Bangkok

A woman in a wheelchair and carrying a baby is seen being taken off the tarmac in Bangkok

A girl in a wheelchair and carrying a child is seen being taken off the tarmac in Bangkok

Medical crew are seen aiding passengers in temporary tents set up at the airport today

Medical crew are seen aiding passengers in temporary tents set up at the airport today

Medical crew are seen aiding passengers in non permanent tents arrange on the airport at the moment

Passengers on the flight, 47 of whom have been from the UK, have described how the aircraft dropped in mid-air because it encountered excessive turbulence close to Myanmar airspace.

‘Immediately the plane begins tilting up and there was shaking so I began bracing for what was taking place, and really instantly there was a really dramatic drop so everybody seated and never sporting seatbelt was launched instantly into the ceiling,’ Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old pupil on board the flight advised Reuters.

‘Some folks hit their heads on the bags cabins overhead and dented it, they hit the locations the place lights and masks are and broke straight by way of it,’ he stated.

In the meantime a mom has described her agonising wait after receiving a chilling message from her son, who was on the flight.

Allison Barker advised the BBC that her son Josh, who was on his solution to a vacation in Bali, texted her at 9.10am this morning.

‘I do not need to scare you, however I am on a loopy flight. The aircraft is making an emergency touchdown… I like you all,’ his message learn.

‘It was terrifying,’ she stated. ‘I did not know what was occurring. We did not know whether or not he’d survived, it was so nerve wracking. It was the longest two hours of my life. It was terrible; it was petrifying.’

Emergency ambulance vehicles drive to transport injured passengers from a flight from London to Singapore to a hospital, after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Emergency ambulance vehicles drive to transport injured passengers from a flight from London to Singapore to a hospital, after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Emergency ambulance autos drive to move injured passengers from a flight from London to Singapore to a hospital, after an emergency touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport

Of the 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, Thai authorities said 71 people had been sent for treatment, six of whom were seriously injured

Of the 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, Thai authorities said 71 people had been sent for treatment, six of whom were seriously injured

Of the 211 passengers and 18 crew on board, Thai authorities stated 71 folks had been despatched for therapy, six of whom have been severely injured

General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Kittipong Kittikachorn speaks to the media during a press conference after a flight from London to Singapore diverted in an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Kittipong Kittikachorn speaks to the media during a press conference after a flight from London to Singapore diverted in an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport

Common Supervisor of Suvarnabhumi Airport, Kittipong Kittikachorn speaks to the media throughout a press convention after a flight from London to Singapore diverted in an emergency touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport

She was ultimately capable of converse to her son who confirmed he was protected. He did undergo minor accidents to his tooth, nevertheless, including he was ‘in a variety of ache’. 

A British man who was touring together with his household on the flight stated ‘there have been folks strolling round’ when the turbulence hit, and claimed that ‘there was no signal to place the seat belts on.’

‘There was no turbulence previous to that. It went from no turbulence to this one turbulence. No aircraft shaking in any respect after which I used to be hitting the roof. Hastily, I used to be up like that,’ he advised the BBC.

‘My son was thrown down on the ground two rows behind me. I heard that there was a man hitting the roof in the bathroom and he was injured fairly badly, too.’

Ceiling fittings had been ripped aside and the pipework was uncovered. Equipment was hanging from the galley the place trolleys are saved. 

One air stewardess was seen with crimson marks over her face. Her male colleague might be seen in a chair close by, trying shocked and saggy.

One other passenger described how within the aftermath, different flyers needed to administer medical help to those that have been injured.

The Boeing 777 aircraft operated by Singapore Airways left the UK’s Heathrow airport on Monday night at 22.17pm native time with 211 passengers and 18 crew on board.

Nevertheless, flight SQ321 skilled extreme turbulence whereas flying near Myanmar airspace in a area at present being battered by excessive tropical thunderstorms.

The aircraft dropped from an altitude of round 37,000 toes to 31,000 toes inside simply 5 minutes because it completed traversing the Andaman Sea and neared Thailand. 

The aircraft – registered 9V-SWM – was diverted to the Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport in Bangkok the place it made an emergency touchdown at 15.45pm native time, the airline introduced on its Fb web page.

It had been scheduled to land on the Singapore Changi Airport at 6.10pm native time.

An injured passenger is seen being carried off the plane by medical responders

An injured passenger is seen being carried off the plane by medical responders

An injured passenger is seen being carried off the aircraft by medical responders 

People are seen being loaded into the back of ambulances on the tarmac in Bangkok

People are seen being loaded into the back of ambulances on the tarmac in Bangkok

Persons are seen being loaded into the again of ambulances on the tarmac in Bangkok

The Singapore airline aircraft is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024

The Singapore airline aircraft is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024

The Singapore airline plane is seen on tarmac after requesting an emergency touchdown at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport, Thailand, Could 21, 2024

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after today's emergency landing

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after today's emergency landing

The inside of Singapore Airline flight SG321 is pictured after at the moment’s emergency touchdown

Exposed pipes are seen on the plane after today's emergency landing

Exposed pipes are seen on the plane after today's emergency landing

Uncovered pipes are seen on the aircraft after at the moment’s emergency touchdown

Wine bottles, kettles and food trays are seen scattered across the floor of the cabin

Wine bottles, kettles and food trays are seen scattered across the floor of the cabin

Wine bottles, kettles and meals trays are seen scattered throughout the ground of the cabin

After the cabin was emptied of passengers, footage (pictured) showed the aftermath of today's incident, with people's belongings and other items scattered throughout the plane

After the cabin was emptied of passengers, footage (pictured) showed the aftermath of today's incident, with people's belongings and other items scattered throughout the plane

After the cabin was emptied of passengers, footage (pictured) confirmed the aftermath of at the moment’s incident, with folks’s belongings and different gadgets scattered all through the aircraft

The crew's area on the plane is seen with items scattered over the floor and shelves

The crew's area on the plane is seen with items scattered over the floor and shelves

 The crew’s space on the aircraft is seen with gadgets scattered over the ground and cabinets

This flight tracker showed the plane's route from London before diverting to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok

This flight tracker showed the plane's route from London before diverting to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok

This flight tracker confirmed the aircraft’s route from London earlier than diverting to Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport in Bangkok

Flight tracking websites showed flight SQ321 diverting from its planned route to Singapore and instead landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. The plane is shown dropping 6,000 feet as it flies over Myanmar

Flight tracking websites showed flight SQ321 diverting from its planned route to Singapore and instead landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. The plane is shown dropping 6,000 feet as it flies over Myanmar

Flight monitoring web sites confirmed flight SQ321 diverting from its deliberate path to Singapore and as an alternative touchdown at Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport in Bangkok. The aircraft is proven dropping 6,000 toes because it flies over Myanmar

Ambulances have been seen racing onto the tarmac subsequent to the aircraft. The useless passenger was reportedly later eliminated after injured travellers have been assisted. 

One man who stated he was on the flight took to X (previously Twitter) to explain the incident.

Andrew Davies, from Lewisham, London, wrote that he and different passengers who weren’t injured within the turbulence have been at present ready in a holding space on the airport.

‘Plenty of folks [are] injured – together with the air stewards who have been stoic and did every part they may,’ he wrote.

‘Bangkok emergency providers [were] fast to reply. Little or no warning. The seat-belt signal got here on, I placed on my seat-belt immediately then the aircraft simply dropped.’

Mr Davies wrote that ‘passengers with medical coaching’ have been working to assist the injured within the aftermath of the aircraft dropping.

‘CPR on the poor gentleman that handed. One other passenger laid flat in [the] aisle additional behind me. Undecided what occurred with them,’ he stated.

‘Folks’s belongings scattered, espresso and water splattered the ceiling. Surreal. So many injured folks. Head lacerations, bleeding ears. A woman was screaming in ache with a nasty again. I could not assist her – simply acquired her water.’

He stated that he wished he may have achieved extra to assist, including: ‘My coronary heart goes out to the gentleman who misplaced his life and his poor spouse. Terrible expertise.’

In an announcement on Fb, Singapore Airways confirmed the emergency touchdown and that one passenger had died within the incident.

‘Singapore Airways flight #SQ321, working from London (Heathrow) to Singapore on 20 Could 2024, encountered extreme turbulence en-route,’ the assertion from the airline stated. ‘The plane diverted to Bangkok and landed at 1545hrs native time.

‘We will affirm that there are accidents and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER. There have been a complete of 211 passengers and 18 crew on board,’ it stated.

‘Singapore Airways gives its deepest condolences to the household of the deceased.

‘Our precedence is to supply all attainable help to all passengers and crew on board the plane,’ the assertion added. ‘We’re working with the native authorities in Thailand to supply the mandatory medical help, and sending a staff to Bangkok to supply any further help wanted.’

Singapore’s President Tharman Shanmugaratnam stated he was ‘tremendously saddened by the lack of a life attributable to the extreme turbulence on board the SQ321 flight from London earlier at the moment, and the accidents brought on to a number of others,’ in an announcement shared on his social media.

‘My deepest condolences to the household and family members of the deceased. We should hope and pray that the passengers or crew members who have been injured are capable of get well easily. 

In a statement on Facebook (pictured), Singapore Airlines confirmed the emergency landing

In a statement on Facebook (pictured), Singapore Airlines confirmed the emergency landing

In an announcement on Fb (pictured), Singapore Airways confirmed the emergency touchdown

This photo purportedly shows food strewn across the floor of the plane after the emergency landing

This photo purportedly shows food strewn across the floor of the plane after the emergency landing

This photo is said to show ambulances lined up at the airport after the emergency landing

This photo is said to show ambulances lined up at the airport after the emergency landing

Photographs have been posted on social media by accounts claiming to indicate the aftermath of the emergency touchdown. One (left) purportedly confirmed meals strewn throughout the ground, whereas one other (proper) was stated to indicate the ambulances on the tarmac on the airport

This picture posted to social media purportedly shows emergency staff working at the airport after the plane made an emergency landing

This picture posted to social media purportedly shows emergency staff working at the airport after the plane made an emergency landing

This image posted to social media purportedly exhibits emergency workers working on the airport after the aircraft made an emergency touchdown

Members of a rescue team discuss after a London-Singapore flight was diverted to Bangkok due to severe turbulence, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2024

Members of a rescue team discuss after a London-Singapore flight was diverted to Bangkok due to severe turbulence, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 21, 2024

Members of a rescue staff focus on after a London-Singapore flight was diverted to Bangkok as a result of extreme turbulence, in Bangkok, Thailand, Could 21, 2024

Suvarnabhumi airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn told a press conference (pictured) that the deceased was a 73-year-old British man who was travelling with his wife. He likely suffered a heart attack, the official said

Suvarnabhumi airport general manager Kittipong Kittikachorn told a press conference (pictured) that the deceased was a 73-year-old British man who was travelling with his wife. He likely suffered a heart attack, the official said

Suvarnabhumi airport common supervisor Kittipong Kittikachorn advised a press convention (pictured) that the deceased was a 73-year-old British man who was travelling together with his spouse. He possible suffered a coronary heart assault, the official stated

He added: ‘We do not need the small print of these affected, however know that the federal government ministries and businesses, in addition to SIA, are doing their utmost to assist all these affected and dealing with the authorities in Bangkok’.

Singapore’s Transport Minister Chee Hong Tat stated his nation’s authorities would help the passengers and their households.

‘I’m deeply saddened to study in regards to the incident onboard Singapore Airways flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to Singapore,’ he wrote on Fb.

The nation later introduced that it was sending investigators to Bangkok. ‘The Transport Security Investigation Bureau (TSIB) is in contact with its Thai counterparts and shall be deploying investigators to Bangkok,’ the transport ministry stated.

Talking to the BBC, aviation professional John Strickland stated that accidents from flight turbulence are ‘comparatively uncommon’ contemplating what number of flights function every day.

‘Nevertheless, extreme turbulence could be dramatic and result in extreme accidents or sadly on this case a fatality,’ he added. ‘It’s not for nothing that airways suggest preserving seat belts loosely mounted all through a flight be it lengthy or quick.’

He advised the PA information company: ‘Publicity is larger in several components of the world. 

Passenger nationalities 

The Singapore Airways aircraft that undertook an emergency touchdown at the moment was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew. The airline launched a listing detailed the nationalities of the passengers:

  •  56 from Australia
  • 47 from the UK
  • 41 from Singapore
  • 23 from New Zealand
  • 16 from Malaysia
  • 5 from the Philippines
  • 4 from Eire
  • 4 from the US
  • Three from India
  • Two from Indonesia
  • Two from Myanmar
  • Two from Spain
  • Two from Canada
  • One from Germany
  • One from Israel
  • One from Iceland
  • One from South Korea

‘The South Atlantic, Africa and the Bay of Bengal are all locations that spring to thoughts the place there is a higher incidence,’ including: ‘There are discussions about whether or not local weather change is influencing a rise in occurrences.’

Mr Strickland stated airways use quite a lot of strategies to minimise the probabilities of a flight being affected by trbulence, similar to climate forecasts, radar and experiences from plane forward.

He added: ‘It will probably by no means be taken evenly when airways really useful you retain the seatbelt loosely mounted all through the flight.’

Marco Chan, Senior Lecturer in Aviation Operations at Buckinghamshire New College, advised MailOnline that incidents involving excessive turbulence are inclined to happen when a aircraft is navigating by way of thunderstorms.

‘The thunderstorms, bringing attainable extreme ice and turbulence, are prominently displayed on the pilots’ navigation show,’ Chan – who can also be an Skilled Airbus Pilot and former A330 First Officer with Hong Kong Airways – stated.

‘The pilots are anticipated to navigate across the thunderstorms whereas having the seat belt signal on as a precaution. 

‘It will not be attainable to utterly circumvent the thunderstorm cluster as they’ll stretch properly over 50 nautical miles plus as a result of airspace restrictions,’ he famous.

Turbulence-related airline accidents are the commonest kind, based on a 2021 research by the Nationwide Transportation Security Board.

From 2009 by way of 2018, the US company discovered that turbulence accounted for greater than a 3rd of reported airline accidents and most resulted in a number of severe accidents, however no plane harm.

In June final 12 months, two British Airways crew suffered damaged legs when a flight from Singapore to Heathrow was affected by extreme turbulence over the Bay of Bengal.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Department stated ‘unsecured cabin crew have been thrown round within the cabin’, leading to two crew members being severely injured and three sustaining minor accidents. No passengers have been harm.

Singapore Airways, extensively recognised as one of many world’s main airways and a benchmark for a lot of the business, has not had any main incidents in recent times.

Its final accident leading to casualties was a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles through Taipei, the place it crashed on October 31, 2000 into development tools on the Taiwan Taoyuan Worldwide Airport after making an attempt to take off from the flawed runway. The crash killed 83 of the 179 folks on board.

Whereas there is no such thing as a suggestion that at the moment’s incident was the fault of the aircraft, it’s the newest scare involving a Boeing-manufactured plane in latest weeks.

Emergency workers are seen on the tarmac of the airport in Thailand today

Emergency workers are seen on the tarmac of the airport in Thailand today

Emergency staff are seen on the tarmac of the airport in Thailand at the moment 

The flashing lights of emergency service vehicles are seen at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok today

The flashing lights of emergency service vehicles are seen at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok today

The flashing lights of emergency service autos are seen at Suvarnabhumi Worldwide Airport in Bangkok at the moment 

Questions over security have plagued the producer ever since a door plug blew out of a 737 Max on an Alaska Airways flight in January.

The security disaster at Boeing has led to plane shortages, which may trigger a wave of cancellations this summer season as Britons put together for his or her vacation getaways.

This has not been helped by a string of incidents involving Boeing planes, with Could seeing a minimum of 4 – with three coming in simply two days.

In Turkey on Could 9, a Boeing aircraft’s tyre burst on the runway after touchdown.

That very same day, stunning footage emerged exhibiting the second terrified passengers fled a burning Boeing 737-300 jet carrying 78 passengers that skidded off the runway and caught hearth throughout take-off in Senegal.

These two incidents got here after a FedEx aircraft made an emergency touchdown at Istanbul Airport on Could 8, with video exhibiting its nostril skidding alongside the runway.

Video additionally captured flames taking pictures from the again of a Boeing 747-400 simply final week on Could 16, forcing the jet to make an emergency touchdown in Indonesia.

On the aircraft concerned in at the moment’s incident additionally being a Boeing, Mr Chan famous: ‘The plane in query is a Boeing 777-300ER, a producer that has already hit the headlines. It should be emphasised that such incidents can occur to any flights and any producer’s plane.’

‘The essential subsequent steps are for Singapore Airways to now organize to carry the affected passengers to their preliminary vacation spot – Singapore,’ he stated.

‘They will even must work with the native civil aviation authorities and investigation groups, notably with the pilots and the cabin crew onboard (as soon as they’re recovered from the flight or any accidents sustained), to seek out out what occurred.

‘It’ll even be essential to analyse the in-flight information to take a look at the parameters of the flight to know the impact of the turbulence and the cockpit voice recorder to know the conversations and actions that came about in the course of the incident.’  

Boeing expressed its condolences following Tuesday’s incident.

‘We lengthen our deepest condolences to the household who misplaced a cherished one and our ideas are with the passengers and crew,’ Boeing stated.

Rescue medical teams prepare to move the injured to a hospital near Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, 21 May 2024

Rescue medical teams prepare to move the injured to a hospital near Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, 21 May 2024

Rescue medical groups put together to maneuver the injured to a hospital close to Suvarnabhumi Airport, in Samut Prakan province, Thailand, 21 Could 2024

Joji Waites, head of flight security at pilots’ union Balpa, stated: ‘Balpa sends its ideas to the household and mates of these affected by this occasion.

‘Plane are designed and certificated to face up to flight in extreme turbulence, and pilots are skilled in anticipate potential turbulence encounters based mostly on climate forecasts and the plane’s onboard know-how.

‘Route climate forecasts present a common prediction of when turbulence is prone to happen, however they typically can’t mirror precise circumstances in adequate element to allow pilots to keep away from particular situations of turbulence.

‘It will be important, due to this fact, for plane occupants to have their seatbelts mounted whereas seated ought to any sudden encounters happen and comply promptly with ‘fasten seat belt’ indicators when requested to take action.’

Full timeline of Boeing issues in 2024

January 5

On January 5, Alaska Airways Flight 1282 – a Boeing 737 Max 9 – misplaced a door plug at 16,000 toes on a flight from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California.

That half is designed to switch an unneeded emergency exit door, and it blew out inside simply 20 minutes of takeoff. 

An emergency touchdown was required and the aircraft landed safely, however a teddy bear, two cell phones, a baby’s t-shirt have been all stated to have have flown out in the course of the incident.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded 171 of the 737 Max 9s within the aftermath and 6 of the flight’s passengers went on to sue the airline.

Alaska Airways and United Airways additionally went on to seek out unfastened components on their grounded jets’ door plugs.

On January 5, Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 - a Boeing 737 Max 9 - lost a door plug at 16,000 feet on a flight from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California

On January 5, Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 - a Boeing 737 Max 9 - lost a door plug at 16,000 feet on a flight from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California

On January 5, Alaska Airways Flight 1282 – a Boeing 737 Max 9 – misplaced a door plug at 16,000 toes on a flight from Portland, Oregon, to Ontario, California 

The missing door panel was found in a high school physics teacher's back yard

The missing door panel was found in a high school physics teacher's back yard

The lacking door panel was present in a highschool physics instructor’s again yard

January 16

An nameless whistleblower broke rank to say that the door plug blowout ‘was Boeing’s fault’, quite than its provider Spirit AeroSystems.

First reported by The Seattle Occasions, they claimed the fuselage panel was eliminated for restore then reinstalled improperly at its Washington manufacturing facility

‘The explanation the door blew off is said in black and white in Boeings personal information,’ they wrote on aviation website Leeham Information.

‘It’s also very, very silly and speaks volumes in regards to the high quality tradition at sure parts of the enterprise.’

February 6

A Nationwide Transportation Security Board (NTSB) report stated that the January 5 incident was all the way down to 4 essential bolds being lacking from the panel which blew out.

February 21

Boeing’s 737 Max program chief, Ed Clark, was reportedly fired in a structural shakeup on the firm.

Clark was additionally common supervisor on the firm’s Renton, Washington, facility and had been at Boeing for 18 years. 

He was changed by Katie Ringgold, whereas a ‘senior vp of high quality’ function was created too.

March 3

A United Airways Boeing 737 Max 8 veered off the runway after touchdown in Houston as a result of some type of gear collapse.

Surprising footage confirmed the aircraft mendacity flat on its wings on grass by the aspect of the runway, whereas passengers have been hurried off from an emergency gate ladder. 

A Boeing 737 Max operated by United Airlines veered off the tarmac into the grass when exiting the runway at George Bush Airport in Houston early Friday

A Boeing 737 Max operated by United Airlines veered off the tarmac into the grass when exiting the runway at George Bush Airport in Houston early Friday

A Boeing 737 Max operated by United Airways veered off the tarmac into the grass when exiting the runway at George Bush Airport in Houston early Friday

March 4

An audit by the FAA of each Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems ‘discovered a number of situations the place the businesses allegedly didn’t adjust to manufacturing high quality management necessities’.

March 6

The top of the NTSB accused Boeing of ‘not cooperating’ with its investigation into the January incident. 

Jennifer Homendy stated investigators sought the names of the 25 individuals who work on door plugs on the Renton facility, however had not obtained them from Boeing.

She advised a Senate Committee listening to ‘it’s absurd that two months later we do not have it’.

Nevertheless, Boeing spokesperson Connor Greenwood pushed again and insisted that names of staff have been offered ‘early within the investigation’.

The identical day, a 737’s engine caught hearth in mid-air above Texas, inflicting an emergency touchdown  minutes into its journey to Fort Myers, Florida. 

March 7

A wheel fell off a Boeing 777-200 shortly after takeoff from San Francisco, crushing vehicles under. 

The aircraft with 235 passengers and 14 crew diverted to Los Angeles Airport after it was alerted to the touchdown gear failure and landed safely with no additional incident and no accidents reported on the bottom. 

March 9

Boeing whistleblower John Barnett, 62 – a former high quality management supervisor and worker of 32 years – was discovered useless in his truck outdoors a South Carolina resort days after testifying towards the corporate in a lawsuit.

The coroner put it all the way down to a ‘self-inflicted’ gunshot wound within the head, although the police confirmed that they’d examine additional.

Barnett had made a string of complaints to his higher-ups in his time as a high quality management supervisor earlier than leaving the corporate on well being grounds in 2017.

In January 2024, he appeared on TMZ to say that the 737 Max 9 plane have been being launched again into the air too quickly within the wake of the accident, suggesting corners had been lower.

Boeing whistleblower John Barnett was found dead in his truck outside a South Carolina hotel days after testifying against his former employer

Boeing whistleblower John Barnett was found dead in his truck outside a South Carolina hotel days after testifying against his former employer

Boeing whistleblower John Barnett was discovered useless in his truck outdoors a South Carolina resort days after testifying towards his former employer

March 11

A Boeing 777 was was compelled to land as a result of hydraulic fluid spewing from its touchdown gear space. 

The compelled touchdown occurred because the San Francisco-bound 777-300 embarked from Sydney, with fluid filmed leaking from its undercarriage. 

March 15

A United Airways 737 was grounded after it was discovered to be lacking a panel after it touched down efficiently in Medford Airport, Oregon, regardless of the lacking half.

March 20

A Boeing 737 900 sure for Atlanta was compelled to show again and make an emergency touchdown after an engine blow out on take-off from Aruba.

The Delta flight circled the Caribbean island 4 instances earlier than coming again into land following the ‘mechanical problem’. 

March 29

United Airways flight 990 – a Boeing 777-200 – from San Francisco to Paris needed to contact down early in Denver after engine issues.

April 4

Alaska Airways introduced that that they had obtained $160 million in compensation from Boeing after their 737 Max 9s have been grounded following the January 5 door blowout.

The quantity was equal to the income misplaced based on a submitting from the airline, however Alaska added that it anticipated receiving further compensation too.

April 10

One other whistleblower, Sam Salehpour, got here ahead in a Senate committee listening to to accuse Boeing of taking shortcuts when constructing its 777 and 787 Dreamliner jets and added that the corporate had retaliated towards him when he raised issues. 

He doubled down on the claims per week later, including on NBC that 787s needs to be grounded fearing ‘deadly flaws’ which may case them to disintegrate mid-air.

In a 1,500 phrase assertion, Boeing stated it was ‘totally assured’ within the 787 and known as issues about structural integrity ‘inaccurate.’

Pictured: Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour testifies before the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations on April 17

Pictured: Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour testifies before the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations on April 17

Pictured: Boeing engineer Sam Salehpour testifies earlier than the US Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations on April 17

April 11

An inside Boeing overview in response to an preliminary Wall Avenue Journal investigation discovered that CEO Dave Calhoun and different bosses on the aviation agency spent $500,000 on firm non-public jets for private journeys which have been improperly recorded as enterprise journey.

Boeing’s overview concluded that among the flights taken by executives in 2021 and 2022 ‘weren’t beforehand categorised as perquisites by the corporate’.

Within the firm’s proxy submitting on April 5, Boeing stated that these flights ‘ought to have been categorised as such in accordance with SEC guidelines and steerage’. 

April 16

United Airways indicated it should scale back reliance on Boeing after asserting a $124m loss within the first quarter of 2024, which it blamed on the scandal-laden producer.

April 24

Boeing’s CEO assured buyers after a first-quarter lack of $355m was introduced which coincided with a six per cent dip in share costs.

Calhoun added that he had a successor lined up for his departure on the finish of 2024 who would come from inside the corporate.

April 26

Delta flight 520 was compelled to make an emergency touchdown at JFK Airport when an emergency slide fell off the Boeing 767 an hour into its journey to Los Angeles.

FAA information indicated that the aircraft was 33 years outdated. 

April 30

Joshua Dean (pictured) died suddenly on April 30 aged 45 having raised the alarm about supposed defects in 737 Max jets

Joshua Dean (pictured) died suddenly on April 30 aged 45 having raised the alarm about supposed defects in 737 Max jets

Joshua Dean (pictured) died instantly on April 30 aged 45 having raised the alarm about supposed defects in 737 Max jets

Dean was employed by Spirit AeroSystems based in Wichita, Kansas

Dean was employed by Spirit AeroSystems based in Wichita, Kansas

Dean was employed by Spirit AeroSystems based mostly in Wichita, Kansas 

A second whistleblower, Joshua Dean, died instantly aged 45 having raised the alarm about supposed defects in 737 Max jets.

The previous Spirit worker beforehand stated he was fired from his high quality auditing function for questioning requirements on the provider’s plant in Wichita, Kansas, in October 2022.

His household stated on social media that Dean died in hospital after a sudden sickness. 

Earlier in 2024, Dean spoke with NPR about being fired. ‘I feel they have been sending out a message to anyone else. In case you are too loud, we’ll silence you,’ he stated. 

Could 6 

The US Federal Aviation Administration revealed it has opened an investigation into Boeing after the corporate reported that staff at a South Carolina plant falsified inspection information on sure 787 planes.

Boeing stated its engineers have decided that misconduct didn’t create ‘an instantaneous security of flight problem’.

No planes have been taken out of service, however having to carry out the take a look at out of order on planes will sluggish the supply of jets nonetheless being constructed on the ultimate meeting plant in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Boeing should additionally create a plan to deal with planes which can be already flying, the FAA stated.

Shocking footage showed the moment the plane attempted an emergency landing, smashing down into the runway and scraping its nose along the concrete

Shocking footage showed the moment the plane attempted an emergency landing, smashing down into the runway and scraping its nose along the concrete

Surprising footage confirmed the second the aircraft tried an emergency touchdown, smashing down into the runway and scraping its nostril alongside the concrete

Could 8

A FedEx Airways Boeing cargo aircraft landed at Istanbul Airport with out the entrance touchdown gear deployed and managed to remain on the runway, Turkey’s transport ministry stated, including that there have been no casualties.

The Boeing 767 plane, flying from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, knowledgeable the site visitors management tower at Istanbul Airport that its touchdown gear didn’t open and it landed with steerage from the tower, the ministry stated in its assertion.

Airport rescue and hearth preventing groups made crucial preparations on the runway earlier than touchdown, and nobody was injured, the ministry additionally stated, with out giving a cause for the failure.

Footage confirmed sparks flying and smoke billowing because the entrance finish of the aircraft scraped alongside the runway earlier than being doused with firefighting foam.

Could 9 

A Corendon Airways Boeing 737 aircraft’s entrance tire burst upon touchdown at an airport in southern Turkey on Thursday, the Turkish transport minister stated, including there have been no casualties and all 190 passengers and crew have been evacuated.

The entrance touchdown gear strut was broken on the Corendon Airways aircraft, arriving from Cologne, Germany, because it landed at Alanya-Gazipasa airport in Antalya.

The identical day, a Boeing passenger aircraft got here off the runway throughout takeoff from Dakar worldwide airport, injuring 11 folks and shutting the hub for hours. 

A Boeing 738 plane of Corendon Airlines that operated Cologne-Antalya flight gets stuck on runway due to a burst tire in Antalya, Turkiye on May 9, 2024

A Boeing 738 plane of Corendon Airlines that operated Cologne-Antalya flight gets stuck on runway due to a burst tire in Antalya, Turkiye on May 9, 2024

A Boeing 738 aircraft of Corendon Airways that operated Cologne-Antalya flight will get caught on runway as a result of a burst tire in Antalya, Turkiye on Could 9, 2024

Pictures from the scene in Turkey showed the stationary aircraft on the tarmac flanked by emergency vehicles - its front wheels and landing gear crumpled underneath. Corendon Airlines denied Turkish reports that the aircraft had landed on its nose

Pictures from the scene in Turkey showed the stationary aircraft on the tarmac flanked by emergency vehicles - its front wheels and landing gear crumpled underneath. Corendon Airlines denied Turkish reports that the aircraft had landed on its nose

Photos from the scene in Turkey confirmed the stationary plane on the tarmac flanked by emergency autos – its entrance wheels and touchdown gear crumpled beneath. Corendon Airways denied Turkish experiences that the plane had landed on its nostril

In this grab taken from video people jump down emergency slides, running from a plane, in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. A Boeing 737 plane carrying 85 people caught fire and skidded off a runway at the airport in Dakar, Senegal's capital, injuring 11 people

In this grab taken from video people jump down emergency slides, running from a plane, in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, May 8, 2024. A Boeing 737 plane carrying 85 people caught fire and skidded off a runway at the airport in Dakar, Senegal's capital, injuring 11 people

On this seize taken from video folks bounce down emergency slides, working from a aircraft, in Dakar, Senegal, Wednesday, Could 8, 2024. A Boeing 737 aircraft carrying 85 folks caught hearth and skidded off a runway on the airport in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, injuring 11 folks

The Air Senegal flight was sure for the Malian capital Bamako and had 78 passengers on board, plus a crew of six together with two pilots, airport administration firm LAS stated in an announcement.

Photos confirmed the plane in an overgrown space with first aiders surrounding an injured individual. Smoke and flames are additionally seen close to the aircraft.

Additionally on Could 9, the US Securities and Trade Fee is investigating statements made by Boeing Co. about its security practices after a mid-air panel blowout on a 737 MAX flight in January.

The SEC will look at whether or not the planemaker or its executives misled buyers in violation of the Wall Avenue regulator’s guidelines, the report stated, citing three folks conversant in the event.

Could 14

Boeing has violated a settlement that allowed the corporate to keep away from prison prosecution after two lethal crashes involving its 737 Max plane greater than 5 years in the past, the Justice Division advised a federal decide.

It’s now as much as the Justice Division (DOJ) to resolve whether or not to file costs towards Boeing. Prosecutors will inform the court docket no later than July 7 how they plan to proceed, the division stated.



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