Singapore Airlines turbulence: The latest: British man killed in incident identified as 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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Four Irish citizens on board a Singapore flight that suffered severe turbulence

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

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

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

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A British man describes screams and lacerations during a chaotic flight that fell at 6,000 feet in fatal turbulence.

A British passenger described the carnage aboard the Singapore flight that fell rapidly amid turbulence, killing one person and injuring dozens more.

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

Seven of the 30 people injured during the flight are seriously injured, the general manager of Bangkok airport said at a news conference on Wednesday.

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

Even experienced travelers can sometimes be frightened by bumps and jolts mid-flight, although in reality the vast majority of cases will be no more serious than a jolt to your in-flight food.

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Injured passengers on Singapore Airlines receive various compensation

Passengers injured by severe turbulence on a Singapore Airlines flight yesterday are likely entitled to 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 their families upon arrival at Singapore Changi Airport on May 22, 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 of up to about $175,000.

If a passenger seeks higher damages, Singapore Airlines can try to limit its liability by showing it took all necessary steps to avoid turbulence, said Mike Danko, a California lawyer representing the passengers. He said airlines rarely prevail on such arguments.

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See: Damage inside the Singapore Airlines flight

Damage inside Singapore Airlines flight after Briton dies following severe turbulence

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

It’s not uncommon to find big storms in the Bay of Bengal, says a pilot for an airline that flies regularly to Singapore and Southeast Asia. “There are always chances for obstacles to arise.”

The pilot asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media.

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

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

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

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Rapidly developing explosive storms likely contributed to flight turbulence

Explosive storms developing rapidly near the path of Singapore Airlines Flight 321 likely contributed to the violent turbulence, according to weather forecasting service AccuWeather.

“Developing storms often have strong updrafts, a zone of upward-moving air, that rises very quickly, sometimes at more than 100 mph, and can leave pilots with little time to react if it strikes directly. in front of the plane,” Dan DePodwin said. , senior director of forecast operations at AccuWeather.

Aircraft tracking provider FlightRadar 24 said the flight encountered “a rapid change in vertical speed, consistent with a sudden turbulence event,” according to flight tracking data.

“At the time there were thunderstorms, some severe, in the area,” he said.

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Singapore Airlines expresses condolences to family of deceased British passenger

The CEO of Singapore Airlines released a video message offering his condolences over 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,” said CEO Goh Choon Phong.

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

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‘I saw people on the other side of the hallway completely horizontal’

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

“I saw people on the other side of the hall going completely horizontal, hitting the ceiling and landing again in really uncomfortable positions,” Dzafran Azmir, a 28-year-old student, told Reuters after arriving in Singapore.

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

“People are suffering massive cuts to the head and concussions.”

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