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48 people remain in a Bangkok hospital after a Singapore Airlines flight encountered "severe turbulence" en route from London to Singapore.
48 people remain in hospital after a Singapore Airlines flight encountered "severe turbulence" en route from London to Singapore.

48 patients remain in hospital after a Singapore Airlines flight encountered “severe turbulence” on Tuesday.

The London-to-Singapore service made an emergency landing in Bangkok.

One man died of a suspected heart attack and some passengers suffered skull, brain, and spinal injuries.

What happened?

229 people were on board the London to Singapore flight, including 56 Australians, when it encountered extreme turbulence on Tuesday night (AEST).

Dozens were injured, and a 73-year-old British man died as a result of the sudden mid-air plunge.

Many injured passengers were taken to hospitals in Thailand’s capital Bangkok, including 14 Australians.

Hospital

While some passengers have been released, Singapore Airlines said 46 passengers and two crew members remain in hospital.

A hospital spokesperson said 22 patients were being treated for spinal injuries.

Six people sustained skull and brain injuries.

Stranded Aussies

Singapore Airlines has apologised to an Australian man and his wife who remain in a Bangkok hospital.

Speaking to Australian media, Keith Davis said he hadn’t received any direct support from the airline.

Davis told Channel Nine his injuries are mostly “superficial”, including bruising and swelling.

His wife, however, is paralysed below the waist from severe spinal injuries.

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong visited affected passengers in Bangkok after Davis’ comments.

He said: “I have given them my personal assurance that we will take care of them during this difficult time”.

In a statement sent to TDA, an airline spokesperson apologised to Davis and his wife.

The airline confirmed the Australian couple now have a dedicated customer care representative to help them, which Davis has since acknowledged.

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