Flight Plummets 6,000’; Kills Grandfather (Video)

(TheIndependentStar.com) – In a dreadful incident, a Singapore Airlines flight plunged more than 6,000 feet, causing the heart attack death of a 73-year-old British grandfather traveling on a dream vacation with his wife.

See a video and photos of the plane plummeting aftermath in the tweet below!

Geoff Kitchen, a resident of Gloucestershire, tragically passed away at the start of a six-week vacation through Asia and Australia with his wife, Linda.

Their Boeing 777 flight encountered severe turbulence and dropped several thousand feet in a matter of minutes, as reported by The Sun and cited by The New York Post.

Kitchen, who was an amateur actor and a retired insurance professional, was the sole fatality in the incident, which also left over 30 individuals injured. These passengers suffered injuries when they were hurled against the overhead bins during the aircraft’s rapid descent.

Their neighbor, Steve Dimond, aged 73, recounted how he and his wife had bid farewell to the couple as they embarked on their journey. The news of the accident has left their neighborhood deeply shaken.

“They were going on a big holiday to Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, and Australia. We are really upset. My wife is upstairs crying,” said Dimond.

Dimond also mentioned that Kitchen had previously dealt with heart issues and had undergone procedures to insert stents and widen his arteries.

Kitchen was known in his community for his involvement with the Thornbury Musical Theater Group in Bristol, where he took on the role of director in 2020. “I will remember him playing a Sultan and a Dame, he was fantastic. A lovely, funny man who could sing and act,” Dimond reminisced.

The flight, which was carrying 211 passengers and 18 crew members, experienced the severe turbulence 11 hours into its flight over the Andaman Sea, causing it to plummet from approximately 37,000 feet to 31,000 feet in just five minutes, according to data from FlightRadar24.

Following the incident, the Boeing 777-300ER was forced to perform an emergency landing in Bangkok at 3:45 p.m. local time, as stated by the airline.

Passengers aboard recounted the terrifying moments, describing how those not secured by seatbelts were thrown upwards towards the aircraft’s ceiling during the sudden descent.

Images that have since circulated online depict a chaotic scene inside the cabin, with food and debris scattered everywhere and significant damage visible on the overhead bins.

It remains unclear whether Kitchen passed away on the aircraft or after being transported to a hospital in Thailand.

His wife, Linda, is currently receiving medical treatment in hospital, as reported by the Telegraph.

In the wake of this tragedy, Boeing has reached out to express its sympathies, stating, “We extend our deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one and our thoughts are with the passengers and crew,” following the confirmation of Kitchen’s death.

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