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Singapore Airlines offers compensation to those injured in severe turbulence

Singapore Airlines has offered compensation to passengers injured last month during a flight that experienced severe turbulence, resulting in dozens of injuries and one death.

Each passenger who suffered minor injuries was offered $10,000 in compensation, while those who suffered more serious injuries were invited to discuss an offer, the airline said Tuesday in a Facebook post.

“Passengers who are medically assessed to have suffered serious injuries, require long-term medical care and request financial assistance are offered an upfront payment of $25,000 to meet their immediate needs,” the airline wrote. “This will be part of the final compensation these passengers will receive.”

Additionally, all passengers on May 20 flight SQ321 from London to Singapore will be refunded the cost of their tickets, it added.

The Boeing 777-300ER was about 10 hours into its flight and in the middle of in-flight service when it experienced turbulence while flying over the Irrawaddy Basin in Myanmar.

Geoff Kitchen, a 73-year-old British man, died from a suspected heart problem, according to Thai authorities. The aircraft was diverted to Bangkok following the incident.

Singapore-based broadcaster Channel News Asia reported last week that around ten passengers remained in a Thai hospital more than two weeks after the flight. Two or three were taken home in air ambulances.

The Advertiser, an Australian newspaper, reported on Sunday that one of the passengers, Kerry Jordan, was paralyzed from the chest down.

Data from aviation tracking website FlightRadar24 showed that the flight suddenly dipped and then quickly rose a few hundred meters, then dipped and climbed again, before finally returning to cruising altitude. The entire outage lasted about 90 seconds, according to the data.

Turbulence occurs when a plane flies through conflicting bodies of air, moving at very different speeds.

Flight SQ321 likely encountered rapidly developing thunderstorms in southern Myanmar during the period when extreme turbulence was reported, according to analysis by the CNNWeather.

Source: CNN Brasil

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