Aviation lawyer may mount case for passengers on SIA flight which lost power mid-air

SINGAPORE - An aviation lawyer is considering mounting a legal case for passengers aboard Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight SQ836, which plunged 4,000 metres after the plane temporarily lost power on both engines in mid-air.

The incident occurred on May 23, when the flight hit bad weather en route to Shanghai from Singapore, with 194 passengers and crew on board.

Pilots then followed operational procedures to restore normal operation of the engines, and the flight landed safely in Shanghai, SIA said in a statement.

In a statement on Friday, Mr Floyd Wisner, principal of Chicago-based Wisner Law Firm, said that passengers on the SIA flight who suffered trauma may qualify for compensation in a legal case.

He pointed out that the incident bore "remarkable similarties" to Qantas Flight QF 72 from Singapore to Perth, and that many passengers would have suffered severe emotional and possibly physical trauma.

"The Singapore Airlines plane is an Airbus A330-300, exactly the same plane as QF72," he explained, noting that Airbus had seen "a disturbing amount of similar incidents".

"There have been a number of other incidents involving the fly-by-wire systems that have resulted in this plane behaving erratically," he added.

Mr Wisner successfully represented the 160 passengers and crew on QF72 in negotiating a settlement outcome, which was reported to be Australia's largest ever aviation compensation case at the time.

The law firm is currently representing passengers of AirAsia Flight 8501, which crashed into the Java Sea en route to Singapore from Surabaya in Dec 2014.