Singapore Airlines incident: Passenger describes terrifying moment, how to compensate?

Minh LợiMay 22, 2024 at 16:15

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While flying from London (UK) to Singapore yesterday, May 21, Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ321 encountered serious turbulence and had to make an emergency landing in Bangkok (Thailand).

This morning, May 22, passengers and crew members who were able to continue their journey were flown back to Singapore. The passengers were tired and exhausted after the horrifying experience, some were relieved and happy to reunite with their waiting relatives.

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Due to the turbulence incident, a male passenger - named Geoff Kitchen, British, 73 years old - died, allegedly because he had a heart attack. At least 30 people were injured, including 7 seriously injured.

Recently, many passengers recounted the details of the recent incident. Accordingly, when there were about 3 hours left before arriving in Singapore, passenger Dzafran Azmir felt the Boeing 777-300ER tilt up and then suddenly jerk.

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After a few seconds of composure, Azmir checked the ropes. His belt worked normally, but many other passengers did not. The pilot did not warn before the incident occurred.

"The impact was very strong, throwing all passengers not wearing seat belts straight to the ceiling of the plane. The incident dented the luggage compartment, oxygen mask compartment and ceiling lights," said Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old passenger. Malaysia, tell.

At that time there were people standing, people in the toilet and the flight crew serving meals.

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"The whole thing happened in less than 10 seconds. It was really fast so many people didn't have time to react, especially those who were sleeping," Azmir added.

Meanwhile, Davies sat near the 73-year-old male British citizen who died after the above incident. He also saw a passenger so seriously injured that he had to lie on the floor for the remainder of the flight.

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"I tried to help Mr. Kitchen, get him out of the chair and put him on the floor so some medical professionals performed CPR for about 20 minutes," he said.

According to the lawyer, in the case of a Singapore Airlines plane crash that k.illed one person and injured many others, the compensation amount may be different for the same injury.

Passengers injured by severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight will be compensated by the airline, the lawyer said. However, the amount of m.oney each person receives can vary even for identical injuries due to regulations from international treaties, according to Reuters.

Under the Montreal Convention, Singapore Airlines is responsible for accidents, which can include turbulence, on international flights, regardless of whether the airline was negligent, Reuters quoted the officials as saying. Aviation lawyer in the US.

If passengers sue, the airline could face compensation of up to about 175,000 USD.

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Mike Danko, a lawyer representing the passenger in California, said if the passenger sought larger damages, Singapore Airlines could try to limit liability by proving that it had taken every reasonable measure. necessary measures to avoid chaos. The airline can also limit its liability by proving that the passenger was partly at fault for the injury, such as ignoring a seat belt warning.

Still, the lawyer said airlines rarely prevail in such arguments.

The size of damages often depends on the country where the lawsuit is filed and how the legal system evaluates the amount of compensation.

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Daniel Rose, a New York lawyer with Kreindler & Kreindler, said American juries awarded passengers more than $1 million for emotional distress caused by the severe chaos. While many courts in other countries sanction much less if anything for similar mental injuries.

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The Montreal Convention sets out various rules to determine where a claim can be made, which can depend on the destination, where the ticket was purchased and the passenger's place of residence.

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