BBC reports CLIMATE CHANGE could be cause of  'extreme turbulence' that sparked Singapore Airlines emergency landing

BBC reports CLIMATE CHANGE could be cause of  'extreme turbulence' that sparked Singapore Airlines emergency landing

WATCH: One man died and more than 50 people were injured as Singapore airlines flight encounters turbulence

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Georgina Cutler

By Georgina Cutler


Published: 22/05/2024

- 09:44

Updated: 22/05/2024

- 15:31

A 73-year-old British man died of a heart attack onboard the flight

The BBC has suggested that climate change could make "severe turbulence more likely in the future" after one man died and 79 passengers were injured on a Singapore Airlines flight.

Yesterday, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 plane had 211 passengers and 18 crew when it made the emergency landing after plunging 7,000ft in just six minutes.


The aircraft had left London Heathrow just after 10pm on Monday night, but during its journey to Singapore, it experienced a period of severe turbulence as it flew through tropical thunderstorms.

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In a report outlining the incident and the experiences of passengers on board the flight, the BBC included a line suggesting: "Research has shown that climate change will make severe turbulence more likely in the future."

Singapore Airlines flight

The BBC has suggested that climate change could make 'severe turbulence more likely in the future'

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A link to another climate related story - named "Flight turbulence increasing as planet heats up - study" - was also included in the article.

General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, Toby Young slammed the BBC over the suggestion.

"No link is provided to that ‘research’ since nebulous references to ‘research’ are a prime weapon in climate alarmism," he wrote in the Daily Sceptic.

"Radio 4’s World at One bulletin today on the incident also featured the claim that 'research' suggests turbulence has increased due to climate change.

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"Chris Morrison, the Daily Sceptic’s Environment Editor, [directed people] to another smoking gun: the Reading University Professor responsible for deliberately exaggerating the effects of climate change, whose claims were roundly debunked by Chris on the spot."

It comes after Geoff Kitchen, 73, died of a heart attack onboard the flight which suffered "extreme turbulence".

The pensioner from Thornbury, Gloucestershire, had just begun a six-week trip to Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Australia, with his wife Linda when the incident happened.

Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA said initial reports appear to indicate that the Singapore flight encountered clear-air turbulence - the most dangerous type as it cannot be seen.

Nelson and a group of researchers suggest incidents of clear-air turbulence are on the rise due to climate change.

Toby Young during the Channel 4 EU referendum debate.

General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, Toby Young slammed the BBC over the suggestion

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Mark Prosser, co-author of the study and a doctoral researcher at the University of Reading said global warming may be driving instability in the jet stream.

"If you compare the climate of 2050 to 2080 with the climate before we started emitting greenhouse gases — so, preindustrial times — there was a doubling, or tripling sometimes, of the amount of clear-air turbulence in the atmosphere," Prosser told NBC.

The researchers also claim that growing greenhouse gas emissions also increased turbulence and instability.

GB News has approached the BBC for a comment.

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