Terrifying images have emerged showing the aftermath of a Singapore Airlines flight that encountered extreme turbulence, resulting in the death of a British passenger and injuries to several others. The ill-fated Flight SQ321 was en route to Singapore Changi Airport when it hit thunderstorms at 37,000ft, forcing an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, after a rapid descent of 6,000ft in just three minutes.

The shocking photos, which have surfaced on social media site X, depict distressed passengers, including a man with severe facial injuries. Another image shows a woman being comforted by a fellow traveller.

Singapore Airlines staff are also seen in their seats, one of whom has a facial cut. Additional pictures reveal the chaos inside the cabin, with food from in-flight meals scattered among the debris on the floor.

Emergency air masks can be seen deployed, as is typical during emergency landings. However, one disturbing image reveals ceiling fittings torn apart and pipework exposed.

Equipment hangs precariously from the galley where trolleys are usually stored, reports the Mirror.

Over 200 passengers were aboard the Boeing 777, which departed from London Heathrow the previous night. A passenger described experiencing a “dramatic drop”, causing those not wearing seatbelts to be “launched immediately into the ceiling”.

The deceased passenger, a 73-year-old British man, is believed to have suffered a heart attack, according to airport authorities.

A Boeing 777-300ER jet, operating as Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to Singapore on May 20, encountered a nightmare mid-air when severe turbulence struck. The aircraft was forced to divert to Bangkok, touching down at 3.45pm local time (9.45am BST) on Tuesday.

Singapore Airlines confirmed the harrowing ordeal: “Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, operating from London Heathrow to Singapore on May 20, encountered severe turbulence en-route.”

The airline disclosed the grim aftermath: “We can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board. Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased. Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft.”

In their ongoing response, they added: “We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance and sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed.”

FlightRadar24’s tracking data revealed that while cruising at 37,000 feet over the Andaman Sea near Myanmar just after 9am BST, the plane experienced a sudden altitude drop of 6,000 feet.

Despite the tragedy, airport officials have stated that around 100 passengers are in a condition to resume their journey to Singapore tonight. The majority of injuries sustained were minor, such as cuts and bruises, as confirmed by the airport during a press conference this afternoon, with no critical conditions reported.

Singapore’s Minister for Transport, Chee Hong Tat, expressed his sorrow on Facebook: “I am deeply saddened to learn about the incident onboard Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to Singapore.”

He mentioned that various organisations are “providing support to the affected passengers and their families”, adding: “My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.”

In a morning address, the spokesperson for Rishi Sunak said: “Obviously these are very distressing reports. Our thoughts are with the families of anyone injured or killed.”

Last year, on June 28th, two British Airways cabin crew members suffered broken legs when their flight from Singapore to Heathrow encountered severe turbulence over the Bay of Bengal.

A report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch highlighted that “unsecured cabin crew were tossed around in the cabin”, leading to serious injuries for two crew members and minor ones for three others. No passenger was harmed and the plane made its way back to Singapore.

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