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As many as 40 passengers stay in hospital after their Singapore Airlines flight suffered extreme turbulence ensuing within the demise of 1 Briton.

Six Britons are nonetheless combating for his or her lives and two crew members who had been on board flight SQ321 are nonetheless in Bangkok hospitals.

There was a complete of 20 passengers in intensive care items in Bangkok on Wednesday night as investigators arrived within the Thai capital to find out how the turbulence despatched the airplane right into a sudden dive.

“The number of patients in ICU remain the same,” Adinun Kittiratanapaibool, Director of Bangkok’s Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital advised reporters, referring to the medical facility’s intensive care unit.

“The meaning of those in ICU are those that need close attention,” he stated, and added that presently there have been no life-threatening circumstances.

Of the 40 individuals on the flight nonetheless below therapy, 22 sufferers have spinal wire accidents and 6 have mind and cranium accidents, he stated.

The interior of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, 21 May 2024
The inside of Singapore Airline flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency touchdown at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand, 21 May 2024 (REUTERS)

An replace from Singapore Airlines, stated: “This includes 46 passengers and two crew members who are in the hospital receiving medical treatment.

“Singapore Airlines is in contact with all the passengers and crew members who are still in Bangkok. “

Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong has been meeting the affected passengers, crew, their family members and loved ones in Bangkok today to “personally offer his support and to understand their concerns”.

Mr Goh Choon Phong stated: “The well-being of our passengers and crew members remains our priority. I have given them my personal assurance that we will take care of them during this difficult time. Our staff volunteers are here to provide each passenger with updates and the necessary assistance.

“We have also facilitated the travel of their family members and loved ones to Bangkok and ensured that they are taken care of too.“On behalf of Singapore Airlines, I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone in Singapore, Thailand, and around the world, who have assisted us during this difficult time.”

The interior shows the damage on the flight
The inside exhibits the injury on the flight (REUTERS)

The incident occurred 10 hours into the flight from London Heathrow to Singapore, when the Boeing 777 carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, dropped 6,000ft in about three minutes.

The dive tossed individuals across the cabin, with some struggling head accidents from hitting the ceiling.

After regaining management, the captain diverted the airplane to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, the place medical groups evaluated these aboard and despatched greater than 80 to hospital.

British man killed in severe turbulence named as Geoffrey Kitchen
British man killed in extreme turbulence named as Geoffrey Kitchen (Facebook)

There was additionally tragedy, with 73-year-old Geoffrey Kitchen dying from a suspected coronary heart assault. Mr Kitchen, from Thornbury close to Bristol, was described as “the most wonderful human” by a pal on Wednesday.

Josh Silverstone, from south London, was discharged from hospital after struggling a minimize to his eye and a chipped tooth.

The 24-year-old, who was on his approach to Bali, stated: “I woke up on the floor, I didn’t realise what happened, I must’ve hit my head somewhere. There were people laying out on the floor, they were paralysed.”