One dead and multiple injured after Singapore Airlines flight hits severe turbulence

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Eight Australians have been injured and a 73-year-old English man has died after Singapore Airlines Flight SQ321 experienced severe turbulence over Myanmar.

The flight from London Heathrow to Singapore experienced “sudden extreme turbulence” 11 hours into its journey, causing the plane to drop 6000ft without warning.

Photos on social media have show the damage inside the cabins following the aftermath that saw passengers who weren’t strapped in hit the roof of the plane.

The plane made an emergency landing in Bangkok where the injured were immediately taken to local hospitals.

“Transportation to their homes or hotel accommodation has been arranged for passengers travelling to Singapore,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

“For passengers with onward connections, we have rebooked them on alternative flights. We have also arranged hotel accommodation or lounge access for them to rest until their next flight.”

DFAT said consular officials from the Australian embassy in Bangkok are providing consular assistance to the eight Australians.