Man chokes to death on plane
The distraught girlfriend of a New Zealand man sat next to his dead body for hours after he choked and died while eating an in-flight meal.
Robert Rippingale, 31, was flying from Singapore, where he worked, to his native New Zealand last week to celebrate his parents' 50th birthdays, the New Zealand Herald reported.
An hour-and-a-half into the Jetstar Airline flight, Rippingale choked on the beef and chicken dinner, the paper reported.
"One minute we were sitting next to each other kissing, holding hands and the next minute he was choking," said his girlfriend, Vanessa Preechakul,to the Herald.
New York Daily News