Garuda 973 enroute from Frankfurt to Bali via Singapore encountered unexpected mid-air turbulence as it was flying to Singapore's Changi Airport in the early hours of Sunday, September 1, 2002. The incident occurred while the passengers were having their breakfast meal, at approximately 07:45 a.m. local time.
Initial reports that 10 passengers were hospitalized in Singapore as the result of the accident were later amended by airline officials to only three. No details of the hospitalized passengers condition were available. They remained warded in various Singapore hospitals 24 hours following the incident. A Garuda Indonesia spokesman said the airline was covering all the passenger's medical expenses whilst in Singapore.
The aircraft, after undergoing a thorough safety inspection in Singapore on Sunday, was flown to Jakarta later in the day. The remaining passengers on the flight were flown to Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, departing on a Garuda Airbus that landed in Bali at 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
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