Passengers on Flight SQ321 tonight told of their horror after the jet plunged 6,000ft without warning in a turbulence nightmare that killed Brit Geoff Kitchen.

People were catapulted into the air and smashed against the ceiling as food and drinks flew around the Singapore Airlines Boeing 777 fuselage. Dad-of-two Geoff, 73, is thought to have had a heart attack after he was flung side to side while the pilots grappled for control.

Wife Linda is believed to be among dozens of people injured. The pair were off on a “holiday of a lifetime”. The jet hit the turbulence while cruising at 37,000ft over Myanmar, 10 hours after leaving Heathrow for Changi in Singapore – a split second after the seatbelt sign came on.






Several people were injured due to severe turbulence


Several people were injured due to severe turbulence
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Student Dzafran Azmir, 28, from Malaysia, said: “Suddenly the aircraft starts tilting up and there was shaking. There was a very dramatic drop so everyone not wearing a ­seatbelt was launched into the ceiling. Some people hit their heads on the baggage cabins.”

Andrew Davies, from Lewisham, South East London, added: “There was an awful screaming and what sounded like a thud when the plane suddenly dropped. It felt like an instant between the seatbelt sign coming on and the drop.

“Everywhere you looked there was another injury. There was a poor lady with a deep gash on her head and a man who wasn’t responsive. The crew were on their feet when it happened. I don’t think I saw a single one of them who wasn’t injured.”






The plane was travelling from London to Singapore


The plane was travelling from London to Singapore
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Events manager Andrew was ­travelling to New Zealand. He later posted: “There was very little warning. People’s belongings scattered, coffee and water splattered the ceiling. So many injured. Head ­lacerations, bleeding ears.

“One of the crew said it was by far the worst in her 30 years of flying.” Another British passenger said: “It went from no turbulence to this one turbulence. Then I was hitting the roof. My son was thrown down on the floor two rows behind me.”

Horrifying footage showed the moment the jet, with 211 passengers – 47 British – and 18 crew onboard, lost ­altitude as people ate breakfast. A shaken flight attendant was seen covered in blood in the wrecked galley. Passengers were snapped looking dazed as debris lay all around them.






Emergency services in Bangkok, Thailand


Emergency services in Bangkok, Thailand
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The plane took three minutes to drop the 6,000ft, which is nearly twice height of Mount Snowdon at 3,560ft. Josh Barker sent a text to his mum Allison, telling her he was “on a crazy flight”. He added: “I don’t want to scare you. The plane is making an emergency landing. I love you all.” Allison said later: “He’s in a lot of pain. I think he’s got some broken teeth, mouth injuries.”

Grandad Geoff and Linda, from Tetbury, Glos, were flying to ­Singapore on the first leg of a six-week break. Geoff, a keen amateur dramatist who was involved in local politics, had suffered heart problems in the past and stents were put in to widen his arteries.

Fellow passengers desperately tried in vain to revive him with CPR. Friend Lizzie Adkins, 48, said: “Geoff was just one of the best humans ever. They loved travelling and this was the holiday of a lifetime.”






Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen


Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen was killed during turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight
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The couple’s neighbour and pal Steve Dimond, 73, added: “It’s a terrible shock. They spent last weekend with their grandchildren because they wouldn’t be seeing them for a while.”

After regaining control of their plunging jet, the crew made an ­emergency landing at ­Suvarnabhumi ­International Airport in Bangkok, ­Thailand. A field hospital was set up there to treat those most seriously hurt. Seven passengers were in a critical condition in the town’s hospital with head injuries. Another 44 and nine crew suffered minor injuries.

Tonight, 30 people were still in hospital. Other travellers were from Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. South East Asia was hit by tropical storms at the time of the incident.

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