Nine M’sians on SQ321 are receiving treatment in stable condition, says Ambassador

BANGKOK: The Malaysian Embassy in Bangkok is providing assistance to nine injured Malaysians from Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ321, which made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Tuesday afternoon (May 22).

Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand, Datuk Jojie Samuel, said the consular officers had met all the injured victims from two separate Hospitals in Bangkok. They are currently receiving treatment and are in stable condition.

It was communicated by Jojie that a 32-year-old Malaysian male cabin crew received two surgeries last night for head, minor spinal, and leg injuries in a hospital here.

"As of this morning, the man is currently in stable condition after surgeries last night, and the embassy will monitor the situation closely to offer any further assistance if needed.

"The other eight Malaysians, who are suffering from a fractured rib, neck pain, dizziness and minor injuries, are currently under surveillance at the normal wards at both hospitals while awaiting medical results,” he told Bernama when contacted here on Wednesday (May 22).

He said according to the consultation with doctors from both hospitals, all individuals have physical and internal injuries, but none are at critical stage.

Jojie confirmed that six Malaysians are being treated at the Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital and three others at the Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, with the embassy committed to monitoring their conditions.

The flight, which had 211 passengers and 18 crew members, was travelling from London to Singapore when, approximately 10 hours after departure, it encountered sudden extreme turbulence over the Irrawaddy Basin at 37,000 feet.

The pilot declared a medical emergency and diverted the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Bangkok, landing at 3.45pm local time on Tuesday.

The incident caused one death and multiple injuries. Suvarnabhumi Airport director Kittipong Kittikachorn yesterday said the only fatality in the incident was a 73-year-old British man. – Bernama

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