Singapore Airlines flight – latest: British man killed in severe turbulence named Geoffrey Kitchen

Damage inside Singapore Airlines flight after Briton dies following severe turbulence

A British man who died after a Singapore Airlines flight hit severe turbulence has been identified as Geoffrey Kitchen.

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

Kitchen was traveling with his wife when he died aboard 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 plane, which was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew, while seven people were 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, and flight tracking data showed the plane went down. 6,000 feet in a matter of minutes.

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How many people were injured in an incident on a Singapore Airlines flight?

Some injury figures among the 211 passengers and 18 crew on the Singapore Airlines flight differ.

The airline said 18 were hospitalized and 12 are being treated in hospitals, while Samitivej Hospital said it was treating 71 passengers.

Tara CobhamMay 22, 2024 02:00


See: Injured passengers treated on the airport tarmac

Injured passengers treated on airport tarmac after London to Singapore flight hit turbulence

Tara CobhamMay 22, 2024 01:00


What is turbulence and how dangerous can it be?

One passenger was killed and others injured when a flight from Heathrow Airport suffered severe turbulence on its way to Singapore.

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 and diverted the plane to Bangkok.

Experts have described turbulence as “common” and have stated that it “rarely” causes fatalities, but what is it and how dangerous can it be?

Tara CobhamMay 22, 2024 00:00


Primo missed the opportunity to say goodbye to Geoffrey Kitchen in person

Stephen Kitchen, Mr Kitchen’s first cousin, was due to meet him and Linda for lunch at the White Hart pub in Littleton-upon-Severn before flying out for their holiday, but due to visa issues that needed to be sorted this was cancelled.

Stephen said he pieced together “the events” after a family member alerted his wife to a news story about the tragedy.

Speaking from his home in Chepstow, Stephen said he had messaged Linda asking her to get in touch when she could.

He said: “We were a bit surprised, I still am. I’m trying to contact Linda. I sent a message.

“They were looking forward to the holidays. They are travelers, they do a lot of these things, quite adventurous. In a way it was going to be his last big vacation. It would have been nice to see them before they left. It was a tour of Asia.

“Geoff was like me and he was an only child, our parents got on well, our families got on well. “We were the end of another line, but he has a son and a daughter, of course.”

When asked how he remembered his first cousin, he said: “With fond memories, he’s musical, I’m musical, so we’re musical-oriented, but I know he was very popular in the Thornbury musical group, just a lovely guy.”

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Alex RossMay 21, 2024 11:00 p.m.


Tributes paid to 73-year-old Briton who died after turbulence on Heathrow flight

Tributes have been paid to a 73-year-old Briton who died following severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight from Heathrow Airport.

The passenger, named Geoff Kitchen, suffered a suspected heart attack during the flight, according to a spokesman for Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, where the plane was diverted.

The spokesman added that seven other people were seriously injured and dozens more suffered minor injuries.

Tara CobhamMay 21, 2024 22:33


Musical theater group pays tribute to ‘gentleman’ Geoff Kitchen

“Geoff was always a gentleman of the utmost honesty and integrity and always did what was right for the group.

“His commitment to TMTG was unquestionable and he has served the group and the local community of

“Thornbury for over 35 years, holding various positions within the group including chairman, treasurer and most recently secretary.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family at this difficult time, and we ask that you respect their privacy.”

Barney DavisMay 21, 2024 8:59 p.m.


Neighbors say Geoffrey Kitchen’s wife is ‘in surgery’

Geoffrey Kitchen had recently worked hard campaigning for the reopening of the city’s Armstrong Hall and was well respected in the community.

He and his wife Linda had gone on vacation for six weeks when the tragedy occurred, neighbor Steve Dimond said.

They have a son who runs a window cleaning business in Thornbury and a daughter. Dimond, who had known Kitchen for about 11 years, said his wife broke the news to her son before police arrived.

He said: “We are worried about his wife Linda because she is in hospital undergoing surgery. “We don’t know how serious that is.”

When asked about Mr Kitchen, he said: “A really nice guy, he loved live music and theatre. I remember him dressed as a sultan with panto this year, funny, a good singer, a good guy. Very sociable.”

Barney DavisMay 21, 2024 8:48 PM


British music director dies in turbulence on Singapore airline

Geoffrey Kitchen was a retired insurance professional who dedicated much of his time to Thornbury Musical Theatre, of which he was director since 2020.

Last week he had been helping with preparations for the group’s next show, Journey Back To The Future, which neighbor and co-member Steve Dimond told The Independent would be dedicated to him.

Speaking from his home a few doors down from Kitchen’s three-bedroom house in a cul-de-sac in Thornbury, on the outskirts of Bristol, Dimond said: “We will continue with the next show which will probably be held in his name.

“I’m really surprised, he will be missed a lot. He was a kind man who in recent years, after retiring, loved musical theater.”

Alex RossMay 21, 2024 8:39 p.m.


Passenger speaks of “horrible screams” on a flight affected by strong turbulence

A passenger on the Singapore Airlines flight that suffered severe turbulence said there were “horrible screams” on the plane.

Another said everyone not wearing a seat belt was “immediately thrown against the roof” when the turbulence hit.

A British passenger was killed and many others injured when the flight from Heathrow hit severe turbulence.

Tara CobhamMay 21, 2024 8:30 p.m.


US NTSB to send advisers to support Singapore Airlines flight investigation

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday it will send an accredited representative and four technical advisers to support Singapore’s investigation into a severe turbulence incident on Singapore Airlines Flight 321.

Under an international aviation treaty, the NTSB can participate as a representative, since the plane was built by Boeing. The investigation will be led by Singapore’s Transport Safety Investigation Bureau.

Tara CobhamMay 21, 2024 7:46 p.m.