Pictures from the plane hit by turbulence so severe a man died show debris strewn across the cabin, collapsed panels, and blood smeared on the ceiling

  • A man died and dozens of others were injured due to turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight.

  • Pictures released by the airport in Bangkok show the emergency medical response.

  • Videos and photos from inside the cabin show the extent of the damage, including a bloodied ceiling.

A 73-year-old British man died, and 71 others were injured when a Singapore Airlines flight was hit by severe turbulence on Tuesday.

Flight SQ321 from London Heathrow to Singapore Changi had to divert to Bangkok. The airline said the Boeing 777 "encountered sudden extreme turbulence" in Myanmar airspace, 10 hours into the flight.

It added that 18 people were hospitalized, and a further 12 were being treated in hospitals. 80 people are still in Bangkok, including those receiving medical care and their families or loved ones, according to the airline.

Images shared by passengers and news agencies show the terrifying aftermath of the incident, with damage to the cabin ceiling, items strewn about the galley, and blood smeared across various parts of the plane, including on the ceiling.

Flight SQ321 from London to Singapore was diverted to Bangkok after encountering severe turbulence.

Geoff Kitchen, a 73-year-old British man who helped run a musical theater group, died in the incident.

The plane was met by airport officials and medical teams at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Airport officials gather near the aircraft ladder attached to the Singapore Airlines aircraft for flight SQ321 parked on the tarmac after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, May 22, 2024.
REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

The airport said medical teams, and fire and rescue teams, were immediately sent to the plane, "in accordance with the emergency plan."

Two medical professionals stand in front of tents set up to treat the injured of Singapore Airlines Flight 321
Medical teams at Suvarnabhumi Airport attended to the Singapore Airlines passengers.Courtesy of Suvarnabhumi Airport

One person was pictured being carried off the plane on a stretcher.

A person is seen on a stretcher being carried away from a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777
Courtesy of Suvarnabhumi Airport

Several ambulances attended to the Boeing 777 at the airport. 18 people were hospitalized, and another 12 were treated at hospitals.

Ambulances wait to carry passengers from a London-Singapore flight that encountered severe turbulence, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 21, 2024.
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"Very suddenly there was a very dramatic drop so everyone seated and not wearing a seatbelt was launched immediately into the ceiling," Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student on board the flight told Reuters.

A general view of the cabin of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, which was hit by severe turbulence.
Severe turbulence dislodged oxygen masks and caused injuries to dozens of passengers on Singapore Airlines flight SQ321.Reuters/Stringer

The damage saw panels and oxygen masks hanging from the ceiling.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand May 21, 2024
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There also appeared to be blood on the cabin floor and ceiling due to passengers' injuries.

More damage was apparent in the galley, with tubes coming out of the ceiling.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024.

Meals, bottles, and serving jugs were strewn across the galley floor.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, May 21, 2024.

131 passengers and 12 crew members have since arrived in Singapore after the diversion. They were met by Singapore Airlines' CEO and onward transport to homes or hotels was arranged by the carrier.

Passengers of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore, which made an emergency landing in Bangkok, greet family members upon arrival at Changi Airport in Singapore on May 22, 2024.
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In a statement, the Bangkok airport said: "Suvarnabhumi Airport would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased from the severe turbulence incident on Singapore Airlines flight."

Kittipong Kittikachorn, director of Suvarnabhumi Airport, speaks during a news conference at the airport in Bangkok on May 21, 2024 about the emergency landing of the Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore.

“On behalf of the Singapore Airlines Board, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our passenger who passed away," said the airline's chairman, Peter Seah.

The Singapore Airlines airplane that performed an emergency landing in Bangkok due to severe turbulence is seen at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2024.
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"I assure all passengers and crew members who were on board the aircraft that we are committed to supporting them during this difficult time," he added.

"I also wish to express my gratitude to everyone in Singapore, Thailand, and around the world who are assisting those affected by this incident."

As the manufacturer of the plane, Boeing also released a statement.

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