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One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

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One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

2024-05-22 04:01 Last Updated At:15:27

Severe turbulence on Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore left one passenger dead and 30 others injured on Tuesday, forcing an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Thailand's capital Bangkok, Thai authorities said.

The deceased was a 73-year-old British man, according to local reports.

The Boeing 777-300ER jet experienced severe turbulence en route and was forced to divert to Bangkok, where it landed at 15:45 local time, Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

There were a total of 211 passengers and 18 crew members on board the flight, according to the airline.

The injured passengers, including seven in critical condition, were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, said Kittipong Kittikachorn, Suvarnabhumi airport general manager.

"We received the message that a Singapore Airlines flight was seeking to land at Suvarnabhumi airport because a turbulence had injured passengers onboard. That's all we knew at that time -- someone was injured. Upon the airliner's landing at Suvarnabhumi airport, medical personnel rushed into the cabin. They found numerous injured passengers and one dead. Suvarnabhumi airport immediately activated an emergency plan, and relevant departments and staff entered the cabin to assist in the rescue," said Kittipong.

Airport officials are providing assistance to the remaining passengers while a replacement aircraft is scheduled to land at the airport on Tuesday night, Kittipong told a news conference.

The flight experienced a sudden and dramatic descent of over 1,800 meters in five minutes when approaching Thailand, according to a flight data platform.

One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

One dead, 30 injured after Singapore airliner hits severe turbulence

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Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

2024-07-20 07:14 Last Updated At:08:27

China's border ports have been implementing a range of cargo facilitation policies, leading to a surge in cargo throughput, with a nearly 57 percent year-on-year increase in the inspection of transportation vehicles in the first half of 2024.

According to the data recently released by the National Immigration Administration, China's ports inspected about 15.42 million vehicle, vessel, and train trips in the first six months of this year, a 56.9 percent jump from the same period last year.

The border ports have rolled out a series of measures to streamline customs clearance for cargo. At major land ports, fast lanes have been set up for the rapid release of critical supplies. At major seaports, online declaration has been enabled for border inspection boarding. In international shipping, arriving vessels can have much faster departures thanks to the efficient inspections.

The combined sea-rail transport model, utilizing maritime routes and the China-Europe freight train service, has made the port of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu Province one of the most convenient and economical gateways to the sea. It handles more than 80 percent of Kazakhstan's transit cargo to China.

At the port, containers carrying with auto parts, home appliances, and other products are offloaded, hoisted onto trucks, and then loaded onto China-Europe freight trains bound for destinations like Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

"From unloading to boarding the freight train, the entire process can now be completed in as little as eight minutes. These containers are expected to reach the border ports within six days, greatly reducing transportation time and cost," said a logistics company employee.

The Youyi Pass in the southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also known as Friendship Pass, on the China-Vietnam border is an important cross-national trade channel. To enhance the clearance efficiency of imported fruits, the port has established "durian-only" channels and green channels for agricultural products, as well as an intelligent inspection assistance system. A Chinese cargo truck can now clear customs in just 15 seconds.

As the country's largest land port for fruit imports and exports, the Youyi Pass saw fruit imports worth 23.92 billion yuan (about 3.3 billion U.S. dollars) in 2023, a 262.9-percent surge year on year.

Pattama Narmwong, chairman of the Thai Mangosteen Association, noted that the greatly improved clearance efficiency has considerably cut down on transportation time and costs, supporting the burgeoning development of fruit trade between China and Southeast Asian nations.

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

Cargo throughput surges as China's ports streamline customs clearance

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