“One minute we were sitting next to each other kissing, holding hands and the next minute he was choking,” said 27 year-old Vanessa Preechakul of her now deceased boyfriend Robert Rippingale.
The two were on a Jetstar flight from Singapore to Auckland and as they were digging into their beef dinners, Robert began to shake. Vanessa thought he was just enjoying the movie, but as his volume increased and his lips turned purple, she knew something serious was going on.
But by then, it was too late–a doctor and two nurses on board were unable to save him.
Although take-off had been just 90 minutes earlier, a decision was made to continue the 11-hour flight to Auckland. Robert was carried to the crew rest area where he remained, with Vanessa by his side, for the next 9.5 hours.
Jetstar is investigating the matter, although all signs points to Robert simply choking on his meal.
What a shame that the Heimlich maneuver did not work and talk about a rough flight for poor Vanessa–10 hours next to your boyfriend who had died just minutes ago? I cannot imagine how hard that must have been.
Not to make a joke out of this, but for the time being you might want to avoid the beef on Jetstar. Or if you do order it, be sure to chew it.