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

Six Britons are among around 20 passengers still fighting for their lives after the turbulence-hit Singapore Airlines flight, a hospital in Bangkok has said.

The London-Singapore flight on a Boeing 777-300ER diverted to Bangkok for an emergency landing on Tuesday after the aircraft was buffeted by turbulence that flung passengers and crew around the cabin, slamming some into the ceiling.

Singapore’s prime minister has promised a “thorough investigation” after a British man died while 79 passengers and six crew members were injured during the incident.

The passenger who died has been named as 73-year-old Geoffrey Kitchen. Mr Kitchen suffered a suspected heart attack on the flight, according to a spokesperson for Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport where the plane was diverted.

On Wednesday, Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, where most of the injured were taken, said 20 people were being treated in intensive care.

Singapore Airlines’ chief executive has issued a video apology to all the passengers on board. “We are very sorry for the traumatic experience that everyone on board SQ321 went through,” Goh Choon Phong said.

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Aviation consultant says such incidents are ‘limited’

Aviation consultant John Strickland said that “turbulence happens” but, even with millions of flights each year, incidents are “limited” and “fatalities are rare”.

He said: “Exposure is greater in different parts of the world.

“The South Atlantic, Africa and the Bay of Bengal are all places that spring to mind where there’s a greater incidence.

“There are discussions about whether climate change is influencing an increase in occurrences.”

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Injured wife of British man killed in Singapore Airlines flight turbulence informed of his death

The severely injured wife of the man killed in Singapore Airlines flight turbulence has been informed about his death as she recuperates in hospital.

Linda Kitchen and Geoffrey Kitchen were traveling from the UK for a holiday across Asia and Australia when the flight plummeted 6,000 feet in an air pocket on Tuesday.

“The tragic news was broken to her this morning. They were such a devoted couple, you can’t imagine what it must be like for her,” an unnamed family friend told the Daily Mail.

The interior of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport
The interior of Singapore Airlines flight SQ321 is pictured after an emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport (Reuters)

“She was woozy with painkillers and she’s going for a second scan,” the person added.

“She has spinal and shoulder injuries. I think she was unconscious when they got her off the plane.”

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Pilot ‘did well’ to land plane in difficult conditions

The passenger Josh Silverstone said the crew had been “amazing” and the pilot “did well” to land the plane in such difficult conditions.

“I was scared of flying before and more now,” he said.

Emergency landing at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok
Emergency landing at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok (Reuters)
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‘I am lucky to be able to walk’

Josh Silverstone, 24 from south London, woke up on the floor of the plane.

“I (…) didn’t realise what happened. I must have got hit in the head somewhere. Lots of people hit their head. Everyone was bleeding,” he said as he left the hospital on Wednesday evening after being treated.

He had a cut on his eye.

He had been heading to Singapore for a holiday before meeting friends in Bali. He said he still hoped to make it to the Indonesian island.

Many passengers in the hospital still being treated had spinal injuries.

“I am lucky to be able to walk,” he said.

Josh Silverstone speaks after being discharged from hospital
Josh Silverstone speaks after being discharged from hospital (AP)
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‘I am lucky to be able to walk’

Josh Silverstone, 24 from south London, woke up on the floor of the plane.

“I (…) didn’t realise what happened. I must have got hit in the head somewhere. Lots of people hit their head. Everyone was bleeding,” he told Reuters as he left the hospital yesterday evening after being treated. He had a cut on his eye.

He had been heading to Singapore for a holiday before meeting friends in Bali. He said he still hopes to make it to the Indonesian island.

Many passengers in the hospital still being treated had spinal injuries.

“I am lucky to be able to walk,” he said.

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‘I don’t want to scare you’: Distressing text sent by Singapore Airline passenger to terrified mother

A man messaged his mother “I don’t want to scare you” from the Singapore Airlines flight when the plane was hit by severe turbulence.

Josh Barker was among 211 passengers and 18 crew onboard the flight heading from London to Singapore when it was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangkok amid extreme weather conditions.

Read the full report here:

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‘Ever single cabin crew person I saw was injured’

British passenger Andrew Davies told Sky News that the seatbelt sign had come on just before the turbulence, but crew members didn’t have time to take their seats.

“Every single cabin crew person I saw was injured in some way or another, maybe with a gash on their head,” Davies said. “One had a bad back, who was in obvious pain.”

Andrew Davies said the seatbelt sign came on just before the turbulence
Andrew Davies said the seatbelt sign came on just before the turbulence (REUTERS)
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‘Popular and kind’ musical theatre director died on Singapore Airlines flight on ‘last big holiday’ with wife

Stephen Kitchen, Kitchen’s first cousin, said he and his wife, Linda, had been looking forward to their six-week holiday together.

He told The Independent: “We were a bit shocked, I still am. I’m trying to touch base with Linda. I sent a message.

“They were looking forward to the holiday. They are travellers, they do quite a lot of these things, quite adventurous. It was sort of going to be their last big holiday. It would have been nice to see them before they went. It was a tour around Asia.”

Read the full story here:

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Watch: Singapore Airlines CEO’s apology

Singapore Airlines CEO apologises for ‘traumatic’ flight after turbulence leaves one dead
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Watch: Singapore Airlines passenger describes ‘traumatic’ turbulent flight

Singapore Airlines passenger describes chaos on turbulent flight that left one dead
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