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British Man Dies and Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London to Singapore Flight

A tragic incident unfolded on Tuesday when a London to Singapore flight encountered severe turbulence, resulting in the death of a British man and critical injuries to seven other passengers. The man has been identified as 73-year-old Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen, a respected theatre director from south Gloucestershire.

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Flight Details

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

The Singapore Airlines flight SQ321, a Boeing 777-300ER, was en route from London Heathrow to Singapore when it encountered turbulence. The incident forced the plane to divert to Bangkok, Thailand, at 3:45 PM local time (9:45 AM UK time).

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Onboard Experience

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Passenger Andrew Davies, a businessman, described the harrowing experience. “About six or seven hours into the flight, I was watching a film when the seatbelt sign came on. Within seconds of fastening my seatbelt, there was a sudden thud,” he recounted. Passenger belongings, including cushions, pillows, blankets, and laptops, were sent flying around the cabin.

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Despite the chaos, Mr. Davies praised the cabin crew’s resilience. “Even those who were injured continued to assist passengers. Their dedication was impressive,” he said.

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Fatal Outcome

British Man Dies And Passengers Injured After Severe Turbulence Hits London To Singapore Flight

Geoffrey Ralph Kitchen tragically lost his life during the turbulence. The general manager of Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport reported that the cause of death was likely a heart attack.

Singapore Airlines’ Response

Singapore Airlines expressed condolences to the deceased’s family and confirmed that a total of 18 people had been hospitalised. The airline is working closely with local authorities in Thailand to provide medical assistance to passengers and crew members.

Emergency crews from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital, located approximately 12 miles from Suvarnabhumi Airport, were on-site to transfer injured passengers from Flight SQ321 for treatment.

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