05 Sep '11, 3am

NZ man chokes to death mid-flight: reports | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

NZ man chokes to death mid-flight: reports | SingaporeScene - Yahoo! via @yahoosg

A New Zealander passed away one and a half hours into a Jetstar flight from Singapore to Auckland last Monday. … A Singapore-based expatriate died on a flight between Singapore and New Zealand on Monday evening last week, after apparently choking on an in-flight meal. 31-year-old New Zealander Robert Rippingale was tucking into his food when his girlfriend, who was seated beside him, noticed that he was shaking violently. "I thought he was laughing because he was watching a movie, and I asked him what was so funny," Vanessa Preechakul, 27, an architect, was quoted by The Straits Times as saying. "There was no answer and he was still shaking, and it just didn't feel right," she added. The Thai national then alerted flight attendants. "I had no idea what was happening but I told them they had to help him now," she said. An air steward cut off a necklace that Rippingale was w...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/blogs/singaporescene/nz-man-dies...

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