Sixteen Malaysians Among Those On Troubled SIA Flight

Sixteen Malaysians were among the 211 passengers aboard Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ321 from London to Singapore, which was forced to make an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport here today.

SIA, in its latest update at 10.35pm on Facebook, however, did not specify their condition.

There were 56 passengers from Australia, 47 from the United Kingdom, 41 from Singapore, 23 from New Zealand, five from the Philippines, four each from the United States and Ireland, three from India, two each from Canada, Indonesia, Myanmar and Spain, and one each from Germany, Iceland, South Korea and Israel.

Suvarnabhumi International Airport director Kittipong Kittikachorn earlier said the one fatality in the incident was a 73-year-old British man.

SIA said the flight encountered extreme turbulence over the Irrawaddy Basin at around 11,300m about 10 hours after departure from Heathrow Airport, forcing the pilot to declare a medical emergency and divert the Boeing 777-300ER craft to Bangkok.

At 7.50pm, 18 people had been hospitalised and 12 were being treated, while the remaining passengers and crew were being examined and given treatment at the Bangkok airport.

“SIA is working with the authorities on the investigation into this incident,” it said.

The airline said it would work with colleagues and Thai authorities to provide the necessary assistance, with an SIA team on its way to Bangkok to provide support.

Relatives seeking information may call SIA hotlines at +65 6542 3311 (Singapore), 1800-845-313 (Australia), and 080-0066-8194 (the United Kingdom).

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