Singapore Airlines has announced compensation for passengers injured during a serious turbulence incident on flight SQ 321 over Myanmar. In a Facebook post, the airline said it would pay $10,000 (£7,800) to those with minor injuries and “provide an advance of $25,000 to meet their immediate needs” for those with more serious injuries, with further discussions to accommodate meet “their specific needs”. circumstances.”

A 73-year-old British passenger died and dozens of others were injured when the flight encountered turbulence in May and was diverted to Thailand. Singapore Airlines has not yet responded to a request from BBC News for more information on how many people are entitled to the payments.

More than a hundred passengers from SQ 321 were treated at a hospital in Bangkok after the incident. Initial investigation showed that the aircraft accelerated up and down rapidly and fell approximately 54 meters in 4.6 seconds. Passengers reported that crew members and those not wearing seat belts were thrown into the cabin ceiling.

The Bangkok hospital that treated the injured passengers reported cases of spinal cord, head and muscle injuries. There were 211 passengers, including many British, Australians and Singaporeans, and 18 crew members on board the Boeing 777-300ER at the time of the incident.

Singapore Airlines has offered a full fare refund to all passengers on the flight, including those who suffered no injuries. In addition, the airline stated that passengers would receive delay compensation in accordance with European Union or United Kingdom regulations. The airline also offered S$1,000 ($739; £580) to all passengers to cover immediate costs and arranged for loved ones to fly to the Thai capital upon request.

International regulations require airlines to provide compensation when passengers are injured or killed while on an aircraft. The incident has exposed the practice of seat belts, as airlines typically allow passengers to unbuckle during normal cruising conditions.

BBC

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