Singapore Airlines turbulence – latest: British man killed in incident named as Geoffrey Kitchen

Damage inside Singapore Airlines flight after British man dies following severe turbulence

A British man who died after a Singapore Airlinesflight hit severe turbulence has been named as Geoffrey Kitchen.

The Thornbury Musical Theatre Group, where the 73-year-old worked for 35 years, most recently as its director, is among those paying tribute to Mr Kitchen, praising him as a “gentleman with the utmost honesty and integrity”.

Mr Kitchen was travelling with his wife when he died on board the Boeing 777-300ER plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok en route to Singapore from London on Tuesday.

A spokesman for Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport said a British man suffered a suspected heart attack on the aircraft, which was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew, while seven people are fighting for their lives in hospital, and dozens more were injured.

Singapore Airlines said the flight encountered “sudden extreme turbulence” over Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Basin at 37,000 feet about 10 hours after departure and the pilot declared a medical emergency, with flight tracking data showing the plane plummeted 6,000 feet in a matter of minutes.

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Four Irish citizens on board Singapore flight which hit severe turbulence

Four Irish people were on board a Singapore Airlines flight from London in which one person died and many others were injured when the plane hit severe turbulence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that four Irish citizens were on the flight, but it is not yet known whether they were among the many injured people.

A department spokeswoman said: “We are aware that four Irish citizens were on board.”

Tara Cobham22 May 2024 06:00


Briton describes screams and lacerations on chaotic flight that plunged 6,000ft in fatal turbulence

A British passenger has described the carnage onboard the Singapore flight that dropped rapidly in turbulence killing one person and injuring dozens more.

The Boeing 777-300ER plane was en route from Heathrow to Singapore carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew when it made the emergency landing in Bangkok, the airline said in a statement.

Seven of the 30 people wounded during the flight are seriously injured, Bangkok airport’s general manager told a news conference on Wednesday.

Namita Singh22 May 2024 05:42


What is turbulence and can it cause your plane to crash?

Even seasoned fliers can, at times, get spooked by the mid-flight bumps and shakes, though in reality the vast majority of cases will be nothing more serious than a jiggle to your in-flight meal.

Namita Singh22 May 2024 05:32


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Injured passengers on Singapore Airlines face varied compensation

Passengers injured by severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight yesterday are likely eligible for compensation, but the amount each receives could differ dramatically even for identical injuries due to an international treaty.

One passenger died and the airline said 30 passengers were treated for injuries after a flight from London to Singapore made an emergency landing in Bangkok. Samitivej Hospital said it was treating 71 passengers.

Passengers of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 from London to Singapore, which made an emergency landing in Bangkok, greet family members upon arrival at Changi Airport in Singapore on 22 May 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

Under the Montreal Convention, Singapore Airlines is liable for accidents, which can include turbulence, on international flights regardless of whether the airline was negligent, according to US aviation lawyers. If passengers file a lawsuit, the airline cannot contest damages up to around $175,000.

If a passenger seeks larger damages, Singapore Airlines can try to limit liability by proving it took all necessary measures to avoid the turbulence, said Mike Danko, a California attorney who represents passengers. He said airlines rarely prevail on such arguments.

Namita Singh22 May 2024 05:14


Watch: Damage inside Singapore Airlines flight

Damage inside Singapore Airlines flight after British man dies following severe turbulence

Tara Cobham22 May 2024 05:00


Thunderstorms in Bay of Bengal increase chance of bumps, says airline pilot

It is not a rare occurrence to meet big thunderstorms in the Bay of Bengal, said an airline pilot who regularly flies to Singapore and Southeast Asia. “There are always the chances of bumps.”

The pilot declined to be identified because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

A person stands as the Singapore Airlines aircraft for flight SQ321 is parked on the tarmac after an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, 22 May 2024 (Reuters)

“We were about 30 miles off track flying around the thunderstorms two days ago on the way to Singapore,” the pilot told Reuters.

Turbulence has many causes, most obviously the unstable weather patterns that trigger storms, but this flight could have been affected by clear air turbulence, which is difficult to detect.

Namita Singh22 May 2024 04:52


Rapidly developing, explosive thunderstorms likely contributed to flight turbulence

Rapidly developing, explosive thunderstorms near the flight path of Singapore Airlines flight 321 most likely contributed to violent turbulence, said Weather forecasting service AccuWeather.

“Developing thunderstorms often have strong updrafts, a zone of upward moving air, that rises very rapidly, sometimes at more than 100 mph, and can leave pilots will little time to react if it occurs directly in front of the plane,” said Dan DePodwin, AccuWeather’s senior director of forecasting operations.

Aircraft tracking provider FlightRadar 24 said that the flight encountered “a rapid change in vertical rate, consistent with a sudden turbulence event”, based on flight tracking data.

“There were thunderstorms, some severe, in the area at the time,” it said.

Namita Singh22 May 2024 04:38


Singapore Airlines expresses condolences to family of dead British passenger

The chief executive of Singapore Airlines posted a video message offering his condolences for the death of British national Geoffrey Kitchen.

“On behalf of Singapore Airlines, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of the deceased,” CEO Goh Choon Phong said.

British man killed in severe turbulence named as Geoffrey Kitchen (Facebook)

Namita Singh22 May 2024 04:17


‘I saw people across the aisle going completely horizontal’

A passenger on board the Singapore Airlines flight has recounted the terrifying moment when passengers were thrown up from their seats during the severe turbulence.

“I saw people from across the aisle going completely horizontal, hitting the ceiling and landing back down in like really awkward positions,” Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student, told Reuters after arriving in Singapore.

Stranded passengers from Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 wait for a relief flight after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand 21 May 2024 (Reuters)

“People, like, getting massive gashes in the head, concussions.”

Namita Singh22 May 2024 04:03


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