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Who was Geoff Kitchen? Singapore Airlines passenger who died was on ‘big holiday’ with wife: 8 points

May 22, 2024 01:18 PM IST

Singapore Airlines turbulence: Geoff Kitchen, 73, died as the Boeing 777-300ER faced severe turbulence and dropped 6,000 feet in just three minutes.

A 73-year-old British passenger died after a Singapore Airlines flight from London faced “sudden extreme turbulence” on Tuesday, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Bangkok, Thailand. Over 80 were injured.

Singapore Airlines turbulence: Geoff Kitchen, 73, was going on a holiday with his wife. (Facebook/Thornbury Musical Theatre Group)
Singapore Airlines turbulence: Geoff Kitchen, 73, was going on a holiday with his wife. (Facebook/Thornbury Musical Theatre Group)

The plane, carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew, dropped 6,000 feet in a span of just three minutes before it made an emergency landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, where medical staff used gurneys to ferry the injured to ambulances waiting on the tarmac.

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British media identified the passenger who died as Geoff Kitchen who was a grandfather. He was accompanied on the flight by his wife Linda.

Who was Geoff Kitchen?

  1. Kitchen, who was originally from Bristol, settled in the town of Thornbury in Gloucestershire, the Guardian reported.
  2. He was reportedly going on a holiday with his wife and had boarded the Singapore Airlines flight from London's Heathrow on Monday night. She was among the passengers taken to hospital in Bangkok.
  3. He and his wife were going on a six-week holiday in Asia and Australia when he took the ill-fated flight, his neighbour was quoted as saying by the Sun. "They were going on a big holiday to Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Australia,” Jill Dimond said. “We are really upset. My wife is upstairs crying.”
  4. A Bangkok airport official said the elderly man might have had a heart attack, though that hadn’t been confirmed.
  5. Kitchen's neighbour Dimond said the latter had a history of heart problems and had recently got stents put widen his arteries.
  6. Kitchen was a retired insurance industry professional, and in retirement he continued his involvement with amateur theater.
  7. He reportedly set up the Thornbury Musical Theatre Group and was actively involved with it. The group posted a moving tribute on Facebook. “Geoff was always a gentleman with the utmost honesty and integrity and always did what was right for the group,” the group said, adding that Kitchen had served the group and the local community of Thornbury for over 35 years, holding various offices within the group, including chairman, treasurer and most recently secretary.
  8. Geoff Kitchen is survived by his wife, son and daughter.

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