One British passenger died, seven were critically injured after flight from London hit turbulence

Singapore Airlines turbulence
By Linsey McNeill
22/05/2024
Home » One British passenger died, seven were critically injured after flight from London hit turbulence

One British passenger died and seven people are in a critical condition after a Singapore Airlines flight hit severe turbulence on a flight from London.

Authorities have said that Geoff Kitchen, aged 73, died of a heart attack after the Boeing 777 suddenly lost altitude en route to Singapore.

There were 211 passengers and 18 crew on the flight, including 47 from the UK. Dozens were injured when the flight hit turbulence, seven of them critically.

Flight SQ321 had left Heathrow 10 hours earlier when it suddenly plunged and started shaking as it was passing over Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Basin, forcing it to divert to Bangkok.

Passengers reported blacking out, falling onto the floor, and hitting their heads on the overhead lockers.

In a post on social media, Singapore Airlines said: “We can confirm that there are injuries and one fatality on board the Boeing 777-300ER.

“Singapore Airlines offers its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased.

“Our priority is to provide all possible assistance to all passengers and crew on board the aircraft. 

“We are working with the local authorities in Thailand to provide the necessary medical assistance, and sending a team to Bangkok to provide any additional assistance needed.”

Some 79 passengers and six crew were treated in Bangkok while the uninjured were taken by a relief flight to Singapore.

Mr Kitchen was a member for 35 years of the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group (TMTG), which described him as ‘a gentleman with the utmost honesty and integrity and always did what was right for the group’.

Image of Mr Kitchen used with permission of TMTG

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