SIA relief flight arrives in Singapore with passengers and crew members of SQ321

SINGAPORE – Passengers traveling on flight SQ321 arrived at Changi Airport Terminal 2 at around 5am on May 22, and almost all of them were quickly escorted out of the baggage claim area by SIA staff.

There were hugs and a few tears as they were reunited with worried family and loved ones, and were escorted by airport staff or Singapore Airlines vest-wearing staff to the arrivals pick-up point, bus zone or T2 car park.

Its uneventful departure from the airport was a stark contrast to the ordeal passengers had experienced the previous day, when SQ321 experienced sudden extreme turbulence over the Irrawaddy Basin approximately 10 hours after taking off from London. The turbulence caused one death and injured dozens of passengers, and the pilot made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand.

SIA said in a Facebook post on May 22 that 131 passengers and 12 crew members who were on board SQ321 arrived in Singapore on a relief flight at 5:05 a.m. They were greeted by SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.