June 11, 2024, 11:32 am

More than a hundred people were treated in a hospital in Bangkok

More than a hundred people were treated in a hospital in Bangkok.

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Singapore Airlines has offered compensation to passengers injured on a flight from London to Singapore that experienced severe turbulence last month.

A 73-year-old British man was killed and dozens of others injured when the plane fell 54 meters over Myanmar in just 4.6 seconds before being diverted for an emergency landing in Thailand.

In a Facebook post Tuesday, the airline said it will pay $10,000 to those who suffered minor injuries.

They are offering passengers with more serious injuries “a $25,000 advance to address their immediate needs” and further discussions to address “their specific needs.”

It is not known how many passengers will qualify for the higher payment, but more than a hundred people were treated at a Bangkok hospital that said they had spinal cord, head and muscle injuries.

Six Britons were among those in intensive care, while Geoff Kitchen, a grandfather from Gloucestershire in Britain, was killed after suffering a suspected heart attack when the plane fell.

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Passengers described how crew members and those not wearing seat belts were thrown against the cabin ceiling.

There were 18 crew and 211 passengers on board the Boeing 777-3000ER aircraft, including many British, Australians and Singaporeans.

Bradley Richards, from Essex, was on board and said last month that “it felt like something out of a movie, not real life.”

He added: “I remember waking up and blood was pouring out of my head; there were screaming children and people running around everywhere.

“It was all so traumatic. I remember feeling the back pain straight away. I tried to use my pillow – one of the pillows they give out on flights – to stop the blood pouring out of my head.”

Director of Samitivej Hospital Adinun Kittiratanapaibool talks to reporters during a press conference

Director of Samitivej Hospital Adinun Kittiratanapaibool talks to reporters during a press conference.

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The company will additionally offer a full fare refund for all passengers on the flight, including those who suffered no injuries and said they will receive delay compensation in accordance with European Union or United Kingdom regulations.

Under international regulations, airlines must provide compensation when passengers are injured or killed during a flight.

The company also offered passengers $1,000 to cover immediate costs and arranged for family members to fly to Bangkok upon request.

The incident has sparked conversations about seat belt rules with passengers who are usually allowed by airlines to unbuckle their belts under normal circumstances.