Company offers thousands of dollars to victims of Singapore Airlines turbulence

Singapore Airlines has offered to pay compensation to those injured on a flight from London to Singapore that suffered severe turbulence.

The airline said it will pay $10,000 (£7,800) to those who suffered minor injuries. in a Facebook post.

For passengers with more serious injuries, the airline is offering “an advance payment of $25,000 to address your immediate needs” and further discussions to meet “your specific circumstances.”

A 73-year-old British passenger was killed and dozens more injured when flight SQ 321 encountered turbulence over Myanmar and was diverted to Thailand in May.

Singapore Airlines has not yet responded to a BBC News request for more information on how many people will be entitled to the payments.

More than a hundred people who were in SQ 321 were treated at Bangkok hospital after the incident.

Early research showed that The plane accelerated rapidly up and downand fell about 178 feet (54 m) in 4.6 seconds.

Passengers described how the crew and those not wearing seat belts were sent flying and crashed into the cabin roof.

A hospital in Bangkok where the passengers are being treated said there were injuries to the spinal cord, head and muscles.

There were 211 passengers, including many Britons, Australians and Singaporeans. and 18 crew members on board the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft at the time of the incident.

The company said it would offer a full fare refund to all passengers on the flight, including those who did not suffer any injuries.

In addition to this, Singapore Airlines said passengers will 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 expenses and arranged for loved ones to travel to the Thai capital upon request.

Under international regulations, airlines must offer compensation when passengers are injured or killed while on a plane.

The incident drew attention to seat belt practices, as airlines typically allow passengers to unbuckle themselves during normal cruising conditions.