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Singapore Airlines changes turbulence management

Investigators are currently examining the data from the black boxes

The national carrier Singapore Airlines has changed the rules regarding the use of seat belts on board and changed the route of the London-Singapore flight. This is the first effect of the incident that occurred on May 20, when turbulence experienced by a Boeing B-777/300ER aircraft (registration number 9V-SWM) caused one death and dozens of serious injuries on flight SQ321.

The Asian airline has decided to take a more cautious approach in managing the turbulence. Among the measures introduced is a ban on serving hot drinks or meals when the seat belt sign is on. "We will continue to review our procedures, as the safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance to us", an airline spokesperson told broadcaster "Channel News Asia".

The B-777/300ER aircraft on the London-Singapore route was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members. Due to strong turbulence the commander diverted the aircraft to Bangkok airport, where he made an emergency landing. Investigators are currently examining data from the black boxes (the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder), said Singapore's Transport Minister, Chee Hong Tat.

On the same topic, see also the article published by AVIONEWS.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency