Passengers on board a flight to Singapore who suffered minor injuries when the plane encountered severe turbulence have been awarded $10,000 in compensation.

Singapore Airlines has offered compensation to passengers who were on board a flight last month that experienced severe turbulence, injuring dozens of people and killing one person.

To cover immediate medical costs, the airline has already given 1,000 Singapore dollars (684 euros) to every passenger departing Bangkok.

What Singapore Airlines said
The airline said on Tuesday it has offered $10,000 (€9,286) in compensation for passengers with minor injuries.

“For those who have suffered more serious injuries… we have invited them to discuss a compensation offer to meet each of their specific circumstances, where they feel well and are willing to do so,” the airline said.

“Passengers medically diagnosed as having suffered serious injuries, requiring long-term medical care and requesting financial assistance will be offered an advance of $25,000 to meet their immediate needs,” the report said.

The airline also said it would refund the full fare of all passengers on board, even those who did not suffer any injuries.

“All passengers will also receive delay compensation in accordance with relevant European Union or United Kingdom regulations,” the report said.

What happened during the flight?
The Singapore-bound Boeing 777-300ER, carrying 211 passengers from London, encountered sudden turbulence over the Irrawaddy basin in May, forcing the pilot to divert the flight to Bangkok.

The violent turbulence was strong enough to throw people and objects throughout the cabin.

The air unrest led to the death of a 73-year-old British citizen from a suspected heart attack and caused dozens of head and back injuries.

According to a preliminary investigation, the plane’s massive swings caused injuries to those not wearing seat belts.

Investigating authorities said the plane descended 54 meters (178 feet) in less than a second, which “probably resulted in the occupants not being strapped in to become airborne” before falling back down.

The incident has drawn attention to the lax use of seat belts.